One of life’s cruelest sins is Exodus speaking of the-sins-of-the-father-visiting-their-sons. As if the Chicago Cubs didn’t have enough trouble, their owner-son Tom Ricketts now has to live with the recently revealed political sin of his father Joe. Seems Joe hates our President so much he was willing to dump $10 million into a smarmy race-hate campaign.
Hating this much is in itself a sin. But then the human race — both on and off the playing fields — can be a pretty sinful lot. Especially pride, considered the mother of all sins. Pride, of course, has price. Last year alone Americans spent $30 billion on weight-loss programs and $10 billion on cosmetic procedures. The numbers are even more staggering when compared to the average price tag of $700 million for a new hospital.
Currently pride is working at warp speed as Silicon Valley’s blue-jeaned whiz-kids are preparing us for a new version of Homo Sapiens. Traditionally there has been Male and Female. At the current rate, there will eventually be Computer-Androgynous. Each of us walking and thinking with our very own enhanced brain circuitry with which we can accomplish anything anywhere. Thought-triggered files of data, movies, music, GPS reports, and screen communication with anyone programmed into us.
Pride is a funny thing. It can build cities or the missiles to destroy them. It can cure disease or ignite plagues. Right now pride is hard at work in the Australian shipyards of billionaire Clive Palmer. He just announced plans to build Titanic II. Arrival date 2016. Cost whatever it takes. Fate to be determined.
Meanwhile back at the Cubs Wrigley Field, son Tom may have to confront father Joe’s waiting critics. Somewhere between his sky box and his waiting limo.
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