It's The Little Things

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    It’s The Little Things

    Sometimes it’s the little things that annoy me. Things like: “I’m taping it!” Or, “I’m filming it!”
    Sorry folks! If you are “taping” it; you need to buy a new digital recorder. If you are filming it; you need to buy a new digital camera. If it’s on “film”; you will need to have it developed, and a “projector” to show it. If it’s on”tape”; depending whether it is only sound, or includes pictures and sound; you will need a player that plays tape. Those items are antiquated.

    People that don't use Cross-walks: Those areas at the intersections of roads or streets where some people must think it’s not necessary to use them, so they walk diagonally across, where ever they happen to cross; usually in front of oncoming traffic. They give that glaring look as if You are wrong for almost hitting them. I would but I don’t want to damage my car! :D

    Bicyclist’s: who ride at night without lights and wear dark clothes. Also bicyclist’s who cross streets diagonally in front of oncoming traffic. Apparently these people must think they are the only ones on this planet.

    I read a sign yesterday that said: “I’m not insulting your intelligence. I’m insulting your ignorance!” (YES)

    People who litter: Smokers who discard their “butts” wherever they please. I watched one toss his out of the car window. He must be one of those starting all the wildfires here in California.
    Then, there are the bigger polluters: The worst: Cruise ships that dump their garbage into the rivers, lakes, and oceans.

    But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” ( Rev 11:18 NWT )
     
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    "I'm digitizing it"

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    Someone cut me off on the freeway a few years back, a good friend riding with me told me he was mad at me for not getting angry at the offending driver.

    I got mad at him for not remembering "keep putting up with one another".

    Later, it occurred to me that we're all hypocritical fools.

    Will this ping-pong game ever end, even when we're perfect? I doubt it.

    "be perfect as your Father is perfect", realizing the context of that statement was a bit of an eye opener for me!

    Yet, ignorance at some point is inexcusable ... Jehovah really is the master of patience.
     
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    One of the hardest things for me is showing love to a self-centered idiot. I know that Christ said we must love our enemies. (Mt 22:36-40) But what about idiots? Well, that word has come a long way from the original Greek meaning.

    idiot (n.)
    early 14c., “person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning;” also in Middle English “simple man, uneducated person, layman” (late 14c.), from Old French idiote “uneducated or ignorant person” (12c.), from Latin idiota “ordinary person, layman; outsider,” in Late Latin “uneducated or ignorant person,” from Greek idiotes “layman, person lacking professional skill” (opposed to writer, soldier, skilled workman), literally “private person” (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs), used patronizingly for “ignorant person,” from idios “one”s own” (see idiom).

    In plural, the Greek word could mean “one’s own countrymen.” In old English law, one who has been without reasoning or understanding from birth, as distinguished from a lunatic, who became that way. Idiot box “television set” is from 1959; idiot light “dashboard warning signal” is attested from 1961. Idiot savant attested by 1870.

    idiom (n.)
    1580s, “form of speech peculiar to a people or place;” meaning “phrase or expression peculiar to a language” is from 1620s; from Middle French idiome (16c.) and directly from Late Latin idioma “a peculiarity in language,” from Greek idioma “peculiarity, peculiar phraseology” (Fowler writes that “A manifestation of the peculiar” is “the closest possible translation of the Greek word”), from idioumai “to appropriate to oneself,” from idios “personal, private,” properly “particular to oneself.”

    This is from PIE *swed-yo-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker’s social group, “(we our-)selves” (source also of Sanskrit svah, Avestan hva-, Old Persian huva “one’s own,” khva-data “lord,” literally “created from oneself;” Greek hos “he, she, it;” Latin suescere “to accustom, get accustomed,” sodalis “companion;” Old Church Slavonic svoji “his, her, its,” svojaku “relative, kinsman;” Gothic swes “one’s own;” Old Norse sik “oneself;” German Sein; Old Irish fein “self, himself”).

    On one specific occasion recorded in Acts 4, Peter and John were confronted by the Sadducees, elder, priests, and captain of the temple, came up to them and asked where they got the right to address the crowd. In verse 13 it says: “ Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” ( Acts 4:13 NASB ) The word translated as untrained is idiotes ( id-ee-o’-tace ), meaning: an ignorant, unlearned, illiterate, man as opposed to the learned and educated: one who is unskilled in any art. Peter and John were never trained in the Law as the Pharisees and Sadducees.

    So, I guess we are all “idiots”, at least once in a while. Or, maybe even more! :rolleyes: That’s even if we have a PhD after our name. I have found in my past line of work, that we had many with PhD after their names. They gloated about it until I said it meant: “Piled Higher and Deeper”. :eek:

     
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    Solution: pluck their eye out, cut off their hand and food

    Wait, that sounds wrong ... I mean ... avoid them at all costs ;)

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    You and me both though brother, especially the PHD form of idiocy, I've felt hate for them and their certainty and I have to actively fight it.
     
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    *foot, cut off their foot! Humor failed.

    I'm an idiot!
     
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    I'm with you, T.... Little annoyances like this drive me nuts! In particular, I hate when people turn right or left into an intersection and instead of turning into the proper lane, they cross that lane into the next one over. This means that anyone trying to turn from the opposite direction into their proper lane has to wonder if they're going to be hit. There's one intersection near my home where this is a particularly common issue and it holds up traffic.

    My mother always throws her butts out of her window. I used to as well when I smoked. It's a terrible habit! Disappointed that I did that.

    Aren't all these things simply selfishness and arrogance? People don't want to go out of their way to go to the nearest cross walk and then backtrack. They don't want to waste extra time making an additional lane change. They don't want their car full of ashes and butts that they later have to clean up. This is all selfishness. And laziness.

    I was once dating a guy who did whatever he pleased. The moment that sticks in my mind as the moment I wondered why in the world I liked this guy was when we were going to a local grocery store past 10pm. At night the store closes one set of doors so you must use the one closer to the office and security. Upon realizing this, instead of walking 50 feet to the open door, he forced the electric doors open by himself- much to my embarrassment while I pleaded with him not to act in such a way. Thinking of it still makes me cringe.

    Now the words, like "taping" and "filming," yes lol I get it. I just have to chuckle inside at these. I'm fairly adept (certainly not perfect) with the English language and I do often note inaccuracies in my head. And it bothers me that we no longer follow the standard of the oxford comma. These, however, I can avoid becoming too upset over. Training and standards have just sunk so low...

    No wonder some people entrenched in satan's system struggle so much to understand the scriptures! Basic language comprehension skills are going by the wayside.

     
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    Regarding idiots, I understand how it can be hard to deal with them. However, I have some personal insight. :)

    I was most certainly an "idiot" at times in my life. Still am in certain respects I am sure. I was taught things, but not keenly trained how to use my ability to reason and apply logic. I considered myself of average intelligence and figured I'd never truly understand things like math and science and statistics and history. I figured that since I'm of an artistic mind, that was just my path and I'd embrace being the "art student" who wasn't that smart in the more serious areas.

    Then I met my husband. He was the smartest man to ever take a chance on me. Somehow he saw my potential and ability even though I didn't. He gently put up with my flaws and he graciously listened to me and reasoned with my flawed ideas, drawing out deeper reasoning that I didn't realize I was capable of.

    Over our 13.5 years together, he has made me into a much better, smarter person. I have learned the scriptures, I have learned to be kinder and more patient, I have learned to work a little harder. I've learned how to understand history and logic and argumentation, how to analyze situations, and even how to form my own opinions.

    So I suppose I have a lot of compassion for my fellow "idiots." I have so much appreciation and gratitude for what my husband has done for me that I sincerely wish that everyone could find the one person who could draw out their best qualities and help them tamp down their flaws.

    I simply see the selfish, untrained people around me as people who potentially have as much ability within them as I had when my hubby found me and saw through my surface personality. And not often enough, I pray that they find the someone who will draw them out and hopefully draw them to Jehovah. Or at least ignite their inner curiosity, reasonsbleness, and kindness.

    Just my two cents... I find that I struggle with many kinds of people and that the very best fix to my own judgmental attitude is to offer them my prayer on their behalf. ♡♡♡

     

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