Caricatures

The Internet provides more information than we can absorb. I’m less sure that it provides any true understanding — at least where current events are concerned.

We each have a worldview through which all things are filtered. It follows, then, that one’s ability to report objectively will necessarily be skewed to varying degrees. This explains how two people come to very different conclusions when viewing the same event / evidence.

While I enjoy the access the Internet provides, it is disheartening to see people direct terms like “idiot” and (much) worse toward others.

A FaceBook friend recently used a word that was fitting: Caricature.

“Caricature: a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.”

Like it or not, we make judgments about pretty much everyone we encounter.

“She did exactly what I would do. She goes into my ‘awesome sauce’ file.”

“Hmm. I would never do what she’s doing. She goes into the ‘Idiot’ file.” Sheesh. That one’s getting full. Again. Time to archive.

“He did what? File him under ‘Plebian.’”

“Wow! They did what? Only one place for them: ‘Morally Bankrupt.’ No, wait. ‘Evil.’”

Not one person is immune.

No “side” is immune.

Not from corruption and not from judging incorrectly.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.”

Paul acknowledged that his ability to judge rightly was finite.

My ability to judge rightly is finite.

I am saddened by the tendency to reduce people to a single dimension. I hope and pray that we can do better in this regard.

Lord, increase.

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