‘Tis the season of politics, where candidates spout promises they can’t keep, and critics discredit their words, thoughts, and actions. One side speaks idealistically to their followers; the other side answers with generalizations or exaggerations to demean their opponent.
And every election year, I hear multiple people claim this is the ugliest, mud-slinging-est, nastiest political race ever.
But is it? After all, critics have been around for thousands of years.
Examples from the Old Testament
Think through the Old Testament stories you know. Do you really think no one criticized Noah as he built a giant boat in the desert? Or Abraham’s parents didn’t haven’t something unpleasant to say when he left all he knew for places unknown?
Maybe you remember the story of the prophet Elijah standing up to his detractors in a great battle involving sacrificed bulls and fire from heaven?… Want to read more?
I was never much for dares as a child. I’m not highly competitive, only marginally care what most people think, and have a healthy respect for both pain and common sense. So if someone dared me to do something crazy — yeah, not happening.
For those who don’t know, double dog daring someone is raising the stakes. Let’s say someone dared me to do something, and I refused. They could then double dog dare me, which meant that if I would complete the dare, they would as well.
That didn’t work on me either.
In the 1700s, knights challenged another to combat by removing his metal glove, or gauntlet, and throwing it at the feet of his chosen opponent.… Want to read more?