What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Guard Each One's Dignity and Save Each One's Pride
They'll Know We are Christians By Our Love is one of my most favorite songs. If I had to pick a song that I try to live by and that I think would be a good one to describe the Christian life, it would be this one. That is because of the lines, "and we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride." I just think that is what we need to focus on, in all times. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town might not be the book that one thinks of when one is reminded of this song, but it should be. Now Missoula isn't a church, it isn't "Christian" in name or in claim. And I don't even know if any of the people who are written about in this book are Christians, but they are all God's children. And we all have a responsibility to guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride. And we all have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. That didn't seem to happen in Missoula in these cases. A very eye-opening book. It didn't give me an iffy/icky feeling like Three Cups of Deceit. It just made me very sad/mad/shocked to hear how often sexual assault and rape occur and how cases were handled in Missoula and that this wasn't really all that rare. The other thing is, how the Missoula situation was tied into sports. I am just not a sports person, so this was very hard to understand and reminded me of the Penn State horror, in which sports came first. Sickening.