Poor choices lead to poor outcomes, and poor outcomes are always closely followed by deep regret.
Thus did America’s Founders finally cross Cromwell’s Bridge and set it alight upon reaching the other Shore.
It is our failure to hold each other accountable for our words and our deeds that is always at the root of how deceit gains its insidious purchase on its eventual power over the deceived.
It is free will, after all, that is simultaneously both a feature and a bug within our species and is at the root of every victory and defeat we have confronted since the dawn of our existence.
Note: This was first published on Christmas Eve of 2009. The world is dramatically different now. This year, 2020, we are suffering through a pandemic, harsh and seemingly punitive lockdowns, school and business closures, and a subtle yet brewing social, civil, and cultural war. The message this essay intends to convey, however, is timeless.
We have been working for a while on a novel called “The Mosaic Decalogue And The Political Faith Triad”. Here’s the Introduction.