Charlie Brown and the Will to Believe


Are you wishy-washy? Is Charlie Brown your posterboy? Well, it may be a revelation to you---as in the Book of Revelations 3:14-22---but if you're neither hot nor cold,  you're a wretch. That is, you make God retch. In Dante's Divine Comedy, the good news is that you're not  in Hell, but you don't qualify for Purgatory, let alone Heaven.  Because you never really existed. You're one of those "che mai non fur vivi"( who never were alive). The Damned in the depths of  Hell at least  made a choice.

When I saw the Charlie Brown comic strip above, I thought of the last election, and all those who never got around to voting---making a choice, and perhaps a difference.  I thought of those who never let their voices be heard on either side of an issue. The uncommitted, the indecisive, the middle-of-the-roaders. I thought too  of the familiar caveat: never talk about politics or religion. You don't want to offend anyone.

But advocacy or dissent doesn't have to be abrasive or abusive.  If you're for something, have the courage to come out and say it.  Use tact, of course. Think it through. Have enough of an open mind to entertain doubt. But be willing to say what you firmly believe. 

And don't look for loopholes like Charlie Brown. Wishy one day. Washy the next.   Whatever  the debate. Choose a side. And come alive.




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  • After 50 years, Charlie Brown didn't change, except that he hung out more with Peppermint Patty and Marcie than the original Patty and Violet.

    But wishy washy isn't saying nothing. Instead, it is being more like on both sides of the fence. Sort of like Dennis Byrne not wanting the courts to legislate, except declaring everything the Catholic Church doesn't like unconstitutional. [I base this only on the right pane, as I definitively told him after he blew the "Obamacare is unconstitutional" and Arizona immigration case calls that I was not giving him further click count.]

  • I've disagreed with Dennis Byrne---sometimes vehemently. But I'd never call him wishy-washy.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Just apparently not able to determine that he is often inconsistent, as well as wrong (i.e. for some reason, he thinks that the Tollway Authority is run by O'Hare Airport, because the Tollway wants to build something called the O'Hare Bypass, and in this case, if he believes in legislative will of the people, why did he cry about Catholic Charities losing the right to have Illinois pay for them to place them when they wouldn't comply with the civil unions law).

    But he was sure vehement in proclaiming the unconstitutionality of Obamacare, although he prefaced later posts on the California gay marriage case with "I'm not a lawyer, but..."

    And Charile Brown was not always indecisive...he always kicked the football, even though he knew Lucy was going to pull it away. He also bought the crummy Christmas tree.

  • White apathy, probably the most important thing shaping our culture today. The will of a society is shaped by what they allow as well as what they choose. 8 million expected white voters stayed home this election. I guess the easy answer is to blame Romney or the extreme right for ruining the only party with a hint of fiscal responsibility.
    What is clear, the American people have chose to sell their children into debt slavery and the sin is pride. Job 42:1-6. Shouldn't come as too big of a surprise, being it's only been 150 years since...the unthinkable.
    Oh well, most of the people who are old enough to know better, and who could've done something about it, will be dead or sufficiently stupefied by the time of reckoning...hopefully.
    I do love the Charlie Brown and Lucy reference. Her pulling that football out from under him turned out to be prophetic wouldn't ya say? Have a happy New Year.

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