Which of these two professions thrives on besmirching their opponents?
Besmirch-to cause harm or damage to : sully, soil
Irony– a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result
What Two Professions?
1.Lawyers- Movie scenes portray lawyers as heroes or heroines when they besmirch a bad guy’s lying statements in a courtroom scene. Obviously then, lawyers thrive on besmirching?
2.Politicians-Anyone listening to politicians in news interviews on TV or Radio, especially during election times, for the most part are hearing politicians besmirching their opponents.
In a previous post titled, King Solomon, Civil Decorum in Congress, I stated my opinion that politicians should be examples of Democracy and first debate with their opponents using civil decorum in the halls of Congress rather than besmirching them in public.
Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. (Proverb 10:18)
And he that uttereth slander is a fool; that brings it out by wholesale, and hides it not; who openly defames his neighbour, and in the most public manner; and with a multitude of words detracts from his good name, credit, and reputation, and loads him with calumny and reproach; such a man is a fool, a very wicked man: yea, not only the public slanderer, but the secret dissembler, who thinks himself a cunning man because he hides himself; each of these is a fool, the one as well as the other. (Gils Commentary Excerpt)
In Other Words
Today on the news it appears to me that besmirching and possibly inferring slanderous innuendos or implied accusations is no longer considered an immoral issue of concern by anyone..
Perhaps because of the example of our politicians daily public displays of besmirching, there are now more activists emulating their tactics?
Instead of debating with decorum, activists engage in besmirching on the internet, marching about the streets with besmirching signs, disrupting public meetings, shouting often times slanderous remarks, and even fighting with people who do not share their political opinions.
Irony In My Opinion
The irony of our USA Democracy and the subject of besmirching, is the USA Congress is mainly comprised of lawyers thriving on besmirching their opponents.
Are CIA agents today the same birds observed in ancient times?
A Chicago Tribune article, on March 8, 2017 titled, WikiLeaks: Files detail CIA spy tools, is another example of King Solomon’s ancient observation that “Nothing is New Under the Sun.”
Compare this warning proverb to the news article and decide if what Solomon observed 3000 years ago, that wil keep repeating in every new generation over, and over, and over, again…… unless of course, we mortals wise up.
Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say. (Ecclesiastes 10:20)
“yet a man should be careful how he speaks against them; and not only be cautious of what he says about them, in a vilifying way, in companies and clubs where disaffected persons speak their minds freely; but even in his own house, where his servants may hear him; nay, even in his bedchamber where only his wife and children are;” (Gils Commentary)
In a previous post, King Solomon, Internet Computer Worms, I cautioned readers about storing confidential personal information on computers. Guess now we have to be cautioned about our “smart” TVs and “smartphones” too.
In My Opinion
Unless you are in the business of being a professional spy or intriguer, none of this really matters except for you not store bank accounts, passwords, credit cards etc. from criminal hackers.
Otherwise, if you are an average law abiding citizen, and not engaged in a political intrigue, this ancient proverb warning about “birds and curses,” or making “foolish choices” to keep you up all night worrying, will not concern you personally.
“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverb 26:2)
CIA and Intriguers Advice
As for the CIA, which obviously has been hacked, perhaps they you need to consider using birds again same as was used in ancient times. Remember when secret messages were tied to pigeons.
Either that or hire the WikiLeaks computer hacker. I doubt Russia is paying him a lot a money. The investment would be offset by both a grateful CIA, and a bunch of ungrateful politicians who are embarrassed by their intriguing tactics to screw up Democracy in the USA.