Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings. -Alice Miller, psychologist and author (1923-2010)
Is this what we hear, when we listen to people talk about elected officials and how none of them are any good? Contempt is quite evident, when we see statistics showing poor ratings for all branches of our government. People have declared themselves to be weak and defenseless even in the election process. My one little vote leaves me weak and defenseless, so my contempt for the winning candidate is my answer?
Is the idea that everyone needs powerful weapons to defend themselves from government intrusion into their everyday lives a showing of contempt? Do those people advocating preparation to shoot anyone who crosses their path a contempt of life for anyone but themselves?
We, as a nation, claim to be a Christian nation. Aren’t we lucky that God doesn’t just show contempt toward us all? We are doing a very poor job of following the example of the gospel presented in our New Testament account of Jesus ministry and the teachings and practices of the early church. Man began showing contempt for anyone who didn’t pay homage to their superior knowledge of God’s intentions for worship and service. How was this showing contempt for the weak and defenseless? They first convinced the masses of people that they had the power to withhold God’s love and blessings. That put fear into the masses of people and their only defense then was to ignore their religious leaders. In today’s situation, masses of people are showing contempt for religion and especially for a branch of religion that is perceived to have allowed their leaders to abuse the weak and defenseless.
Is refusal to negotiate and compromise our defense? If we compromise we are weak, thus we refuse to compromise in order to prove we are not weak. How’s that working for everyone? Are we going to be stronger if we collapse our economy? Is blaming the other side for all our problems strengthening us? Or, is it just showing contempt for anyone we fear as being in control? And, in the end, we show contempt for ourselves.
Contempt is like hate, it doesn’t benefit anyone.