I am unremarkable. I am not talented and gifted (T & G) and I might even fall somewhere along the learning disability spectrum (ADD). I have a slightly above and rather average intellect but high learning aptitude so, I have learned to work harder than other learners that are obviously smarter than I am–the quick learners. I have learned how to cope with my limitations and become a better student. It might take a little more effort but I know how to apply complicated theories and statistical formulas to real-world problems so I am capable and competent in making informed and balanced unbiased, rational decisions. The bell curve is very real. There are infinite examples all around us. Everything under all creation must fall into the statistical normal distribution. So, I have to wonder why so many people can’t understand this natural truth. Life’s not fair.
Those of you that know me and follow my posts know that I’m an advocate for human rights, liberty, justice and the spirit of truth. I believe in following the science, disciplined inquiry, critical thinking, open, honest and balanced debate. My focus of interest is the natural order of things, “God Loves the Bell Curve.” I like to point out that if you find yourself somewhere out on the extreme fringes (left or right) you are out of touch with reality–you are not in balance with God’s natural order and the statistical truth of the “normal” distribution. So, I was struck by President Biden’s response to the SCOTUS leak. Instead of encouraging people to trust in the sanctity of the Constitution (the 1st and 14th Amendments, as exemplars) and spirit of a democratic republic, he demonized an entire group of Americans, (over half the country), those that identify as conservative, constitutionalists, calling them (us), “the worst threat to democracy in the history of America”. This condemnation and shaming, not only divides the country, it is a false and misleading, us versus them, narrative–and on its face, straight up disinformation and certainly not Presidential. He further established a “Ministry of Truth” a so called, disinformation board, (now on hold) which many believe is really aimed at silencing the truth in a vain and pernicious attempt to control information through misinformation. This, of course, is un-American. Last year (January 2021), I posted a simple question, “do you believe that Joe Biden will be like the Joseph in the Bible, forgiving, benevolent and trustworthy, faithful and honest or, the opposite, divisive, pernicious and mean spirited?” Many people responded with positive affirmations and hope that this this Joe would help to unify our nation. I am curious, what you think about this Joe’s (President Biden’s) character now? Actions speak louder than words! Don’t be afraid, just be honest and speak from your heart. How’s your heart?
The Bible describes the Savior as unremarkable (Isaiah 53:1-4 ESV), “…he was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes He appeared unremarkable and there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him. 4 Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down.
The story of Joseph is told in Genesis (37–50). Joseph, most beloved of Jacob’s sons, is hated by his envious brothers. Angry and jealous the brothers seize him and sell him to a party of Ishmaelites, who carry him to Egypt. In verses 4-5 Joseph forgives his brothers, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.