|This is me in my best harness.|
My wife has her arm around me.
She is looking at me with admiration.
Who wouldn’t? As for that grinning dope
on my right, I’ve no idea who that is.
By Tom Sheepandgoats
Three weeks ago I received an email from the editor of Moristotle & Co.:
Hey, Tom, you still there? I’m still here. I remember you with affection and respect.Yes, I am still here, but not with the stamina of the editor of Moristotle & Co. Whereas Moristotle is still going strong, I wrapped my blog years ago. I loved every minute of it, but it was extremely time-consuming, and other duties and things called.
After he and I parted (or seem to have parted) company, I referred to him once or twice, always with fondness and respect. For instance:
Oh, how I miss Moristotle! What glorious, spectacular rows we used to have! What creative posts came of it, both on his blog and mine! Moristotle was well-read. And thoughtful. And he had many interests in life. Atheist though he was, he didn’t fly the scarlet Atheist letter A on his blog, probably because he knew Nathaniel Hawthorne wouldn’t like it. These are the type of atheist you want to talk to, but alas, they don’t hang around for too long. They inevitably reflect that this life is short, that it’s all there is, that there’s many things they yet want to do in it, and do they really want to spend those brief remaining years arguing with an intransigent “theist”? So they exit the stage, and leave only the ideological cranks in their wake, snarlpits of condescension and rudeness, who positively live to argue, who imagine they have a lock on “reason,” and who are so persistently unpleasant that it’s hard to endure them for long.I hope, and am assured, that all remains well with Moristotle. Not only is he still going strong, but I see that he has greatly extended the scope, content, authors, and format of the blog Moristotle & Co.! He has taken it up many notches. Good on him!
Moristotle, different in every respect, was my house atheist for a time, and he never even applied for the position; he just naturally assumed it with his trademark flair and wit. Though even he, if another Witness blogger would chime in on the discussion, would hand him his head on a platter. Alas, he has moved on. They all do. Only the snarlpits remain. –from my blog, Sheep and Goats, October 29, 2011
If curiosity piques, readers might look at Jehovah’s Witness Broadcasting. It’s new since the time of our mutual posts. Search Video on Demand / Programs and Events / Morning Worship. Moristotle probably won’t like it, but it will at least erase the stereotypical notion of the hyped-up Bible-waving fanatic. Jehovah’s Witness people are dignified and good teachers. (The experience is better on the JW Roku station, but somehow I suspect Moristotle may not have that. <smile>)
|Copyright © 2016 by Tom Sheepandgoats|
Tom Sheepandgoats has written of Jehovah’s Witnesses with humor and empathy. He is also interested in current events, religion generally, humor, and creative writing.