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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin - Input Junkie
April 29th, 2015
09:43 am


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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin
I ran across the phrase lately, and it suddenly occurred to me that it didn't sound like Jesus, so I checked.

Actually, it's St. Augustine, and he thought the love part was expressed by being reluctant to discover the faults it must punish. It's hard to imagine a modern person saying that last bit, but maybe I'm spending too much time online.

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Date:April 29th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
St. Augustine was such a jackass. Sheesh, don't even get me started.

I like that 'Dances With Fat' blog! I want to give her essay on 'How To Stop Obsessing About How You Look In A Swimsuit (And Just Go Have Fun Swimming Already, Dammit!)' to at least four people who've been saying for years that they would come to the pool with me, but never do come because OMG someone might see them being fat in a swimsuit.

*headdesk headdesk* It's not frickin' Baywatch! Nobody cares if you're fat! There's lots of people even fatter there, exercising and relaxing and having fun. There's people so fat that they can't climb in and out of the pool, and have to use the special lift, but once they're in the water, they don't weigh any more than anybody else does, and can enjoy the freedom of movement they never get to experience on land.

... it all falls on deaf ears, because Shame/Vanity. I have compassion for the shame, because shame is scars from where a person has been hurt before, but I have more difficulty having compassion for the vanity - to a large extent because vanity is one of my own 'issues', and we're always more irritated by other peoples' stuff that mirrors our own annoying traits. But also because vanity is 'political': the pervasive, poisonous assumption that we're 'supposed' to look a certain way, and that our value as human beings depends on the extent to which we do look that way.

I'm sure super-models make up less than 1% of the human population of this planet, and nobody with a lick of sense cares about them anyway, because they don't do anything but look pretty in front of a camera. The dandelions in my back yard can do that; as human accomplishments go, it is not much to write home about. The important work of the world is done by people with more on their minds than how big their butts look.
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Date:May 2nd, 2015 05:42 am (UTC)
I usually hear it misattributed to Gandhi.
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