Doing Right

5 Jan


Doing Right


In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 17:6, English Standard Version of the Bible.


My apologies to each and every other religion out there that does not hold the Bible in esteem. Well, not exactly my apologies, as this particular book I am more familiar with than any other holy text. If I were ensconced in the Quran, or the Book of Mormon, or the writings of Confucius, the impact and thrust of this Bible verse might be similar, but worded differently.

It is a pivotal point in the history of the nation of Israel, and it turns that group in a direction that, had a king not been requested by the people, made all the difference.

For those not familiar with the story up to this point[1], Israel, which generationally sprang from Abraham’s loins, has fled Egypt and has taken up residency far from servitude.

Moses, the architect of order in terms of laws and the enacting of those laws, is long gone. Other than the dwindling number of prophets, the people have no iconic figure to go to for their needs. On a day-to-day basis, they carve out their own existences.

I’m in the process of slowly going through the five years of The Walking Dead. I don’t particularly care for gore nor for the loss of a character I’ve grown fond of, which happens a lot in this series.

One of the interesting side-thoughts of this series are the obvious metaphors. On the one side of a protective fence are the wandering and mindless zombies, wheezing and plodding along in their slow and dark existence. Like cattle, they bunch and herd towards sources of warm, living flesh.

On the other side of the protective fence are the survivors, who are infected with the virus that turns them into zombies upon death. This group has initially formed to stay the threats of the zombies, and makes decisions based on that survival mode. No matter what the background story, each character seems to find themselves backed into a moral corner where decisions are made that might be contrary to cultural norms as they once knew them. None of them wants to become a zombie, or their loved-ones to turn.

So decisions become relative.

We turned and headed into 2016 a few days ago. We celebrated our accomplishments, mourned those who passed, and made resolutions to do better in the future. As Dickens said, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Facing us as a nation we stare into an abyss of terror, environmental decay, political impasse, and more. I scratch my head in wonder over our national posture concerning a host of issues. Gun control. Growing evidence points to the conclusion that police targeting is now fully out of the dark shadows and running amok in the open. That’s the tip of the iceberg.

Issues naively thought to have been dealt with and corrected were conveniently swept under the rug. It’s spring-cleaning time proverbially, and we are surprised individually and as a nation at the amount of dirt to be got rid of.

It seems we are returned to that place in the circle where each one does what they think is right. There is no king. But there are plenty of wannabees.

The zombies just want someone to tell them what to do, and where to go.

The survivors struggle to hang on to life as it once was — back in the Age of the Neanderthals.

The wannabees want to take things into their own hands. Make things right the way they see it.

The order of the day seems to be disorder.

Everyone reading this tries to do what is right. I’m convinced the vast majority, while fearful for the future, wants to do his or her best while still a survivor. We aspire to attain something we hope for. Something right and fair. Not only for ourselves, but for each other. We disdain the inequities of life, while hoping not to be a victim of those inequities. We are tempted to pull in, close up, and fasten tight. We only want to hear good news.

Nothing wrong with that.

And, I suppose, there’s nothing absolutely wrong with battening down and avoiding as much of what’s out there as we can. Nothing wrong with doing what’s right in our own eyes.



[1] I am not a scholar of the Bible, nor do I profess any religious insights. I have read through the Bible many times during my lifetime, and I have formed observations and opinions through many experiences. Similarly, I don’t profess to be wise, nor a “seer” nor prophet.

Copyright © January 2016

One Response to “Doing Right”

  1. claragbush29 January 6, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    Great post!

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