BILL COSBY: Now That We Know

I need to say this for many reasons and they are by no means offered to justify or otherwise forget what Bill Cosby may be guilty of among the many accusations and now charges that have been filed against him.

But I am curious! Are Bill Cosby’s jokes any less funny now that we have been made aware of his faults and failures? Can we no longer laugh at the hilarious stories he has told to entertain thousands across the land? Did we not feel something good from the clean and non-profane gestures, faces, and one-liners that brought smiles and joy to our hearts? Can we in no way now relate to the common stories of family life that we could say, ‘yeah, I’ve done that,’ and then laugh at him and ourselves?

Does the Cosby Show not carry any moral influence or weight as modeling family values? Now that we all know, do we all agree that the long running and popular family show we all watched and loved without filtering has no value to us or the current generation? Surely there is something to learn that will influence some positive outcomes to children and parents when watching Cosby! And why haven’t other shows whose stars have been found guilty of heinous crimes, faults and failures been met with cancellation?

What about his money?  Is it not still green or does it spend well knowing of his improprieties?  Do the benefits gained from donations mean nothing now . . . Or, has anyone returned his ‘tainted’ money now that we know ‘the whole truth?” Should students return their diplomas, or institutions their scholarship funds, endowments or buildings resulting from his donations?

Should foundations, corporation boards, committees, etc. retract every suggestion, proposal, idea, or influence Dr. Cosby may have contributed toward improving their values, performance, policies, product or presentation?  Surely, if this man is as evil as he is now purported to be, there should be no hint of him or his thought and absolutely no gain to any he may have assisted or worked with in some way.

Is he guiltier than the rest of us and therefore doomed to condemnation without any thought of mercy or forgiveness?  The rest of us, who may not be guilty of executing such horrendous crimes against women, but perhaps used charm, deceit, manipulation, or by some other means achieved the same results, are we less guilty? What about the ones of us who thought about these things but lacked the wherewithal or means to actually carry out the thought?

And what about the rest of us?  Now that we all know, have we become so righteous and without fault or sin that we can erase everything there is to know or recall of Bill Cosby?  Do we all look better in the light of this news about Bill Cosby?  Instead of a ‘scarlet letter,’ shall we act now as though he never lived and made any difference while he lived?  Maybe we ought to ask, ‘are you a Cosby unknown?’ What are we all hiding from view of the world to see? Can we so easily shut down an entire human experience without any thought of ourselves? Surely not?!

I don’t know if Mr. Cosby is guilty or innocent! I do know of my own failures (as you know your own) . . . and we all need mercy. Especially now, that time has accumulated a great number of failures over the years. Somebody needs to write on the ground for a few moments to give time for reasonable and rational consideration to take place on the thought, ‘he that is without sin, cast the first stone.’ The eldest of us may lead a caravan away from this court of condemnation!

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BE CAREFUL OF YOUR PLAY!!!

Koatch was enjoying some time outside in the sunshine and playing with small objects on the ground.  At first it appeared  that he’d taken notice of a small leaf being blown along by the gentle breeze.  Upon closer observation, it became clear that this was a red wasp that this little novice of a creature was sniffing and pushing around with his little nose.  This little puppy didn’t know that he was playing with danger.

If you’ve never had a close encounter with red wasps or felt the intense power of one of their stings, then you may not appreciate the use of the term danger.  They hurt . . . the really hurt.  They are not red for no reason.  They are dangerous!  Therefore, my little almost newborn canine friend Koatch had to be rescued, and immediately.

There are times in each of our life journeys when we are playing with fire and innocently exploring new adventures.  Someone with more experience and understanding about things has to come to our rescue and even then some of us will not listen.  We can be so engaged with the newness of things that we cannot be objective to assess the dangers that lurk beneath.  Dangers, which, if ignored, can impact the quality of our lives for the rest of our lives.  Or, at least for too long a period of time, it may change the appearance of things and our feelings, causing great pain and sorrow.

Be careful that you not toy around with seemingly small things in life.  Or, don’t treat things that matter as though they are nothing.  There are painful consequences to playing and not recognizing the danger involved or the importance of it all.  Life could change forever because of a moment of play.  Sometimes the pain is too deep to overlook and may affect other people’s lives as well.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”  Ephesians 5:15 KJV

A THOUGHT

Some people will study the philosophies of men, spend hours researching matters of the world, listen to lectures on the most boring subjects, complete the requirements for various degrees, consult with professors under whose tutelage they must learn, travel far and wide to be educated, submit to testing to examine their knowledge of disciplines and methodologies, and commit themselves to enormous debt and will not do the same for the most valuable treasure of mankind – The soul!