My father-in-law loves pithy sayings. For Christmas every year some member of the family gets a plaque or t-shirt that contains some humorous comment he’s found. A few years ago he gave me a plaque that said “whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.” I’ve often pondered the wisdom of that statement, and especially now given the events of the past few days.
I don’t enjoy watching episodes such as the one we’re in now. I take no delight in seeing people’s lives and careers destroyed. I sincerely hope Glenn Richardson can get the help he so clearly needs. I’ve given up hope that so many of the other rumors I’ve heard over the past year are false. Some of those rumors may see the light of day very soon and I’m not looking forward to the fallout from those event either.
My faith teaches me about mercy, forgiveness, and redemption. I do my best to live out those principles, but we do suffer the consequences of our actions. Sadly when the stuff hits the fan it’s not distributed evenly, nor is it distributed equitably. People who’ve done nothing wrong are suffering right now and I fear more will in the coming days. I feel sorry for them but the “stuff” will come out whether we like it or not. If you’ve chosen to hold public office, you’ve given up certain aspects of your privacy and like it or not, you’re held to a higher standard.
Speaker Richardson’s resignation seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point and I support that outcome. He probably should have left some time ago, but he didn’t and we find ourselves where we are. As for the other “stuff” that may or may not be coming out, we’ll just have to wait and see. I hope throughout the halls of power in this State people are searching their own souls and surrounding themselves with trustworthy people who can hold them accountable. We simply can’t allow arrogance and lust for power to consume our lives. Those are the vices on display right now. It’s easy to say “I’d never do that” but the truth is we are all capable of throwing our lives away – I know I am. The Greek tragedy that is the Glenn Richardson story is just the latest example of our human frailty and weakness. We’re not as strong as we think we are.