Friday, October 27, 2006

Fun at Work

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This is where I work.

Here are the interesting things that are currently happening at my work:

1. There is a court aide who is very interested in American History. He actually went to visit a family in the south to inquire about their family history. This family was in no way related to him. He sings American folk songs while he files, and whistles Dixieland tunes. I think he hates me, which I find unsettling.

2. There is a man who got a simple traffic ticket earlier this year. Rather than paying it, he opted to send all of our letters back unopened. According to him, his name is copyrighted and we have therefore infringed on his copyright by addressing mail to him. We got his invoice the other day for what we "owe" him: $35,100,000 according to his calculations. Unfortunately for him, simulating the legal process is a felony. I think he should have just paid the ticket.

3. There is a man who sends us letters twice weekly stating that his mother's estate was unfairly emptied by his brother. He sends us photocopies of the letter he sent to his brother, but never addresses a letter to the court. Each time the print is bigger than the last; "for the vision impaired", he states. The envelope has a photocopied message written to my supervisor, asking "Who up there can do something about this?" He never actually asks a question in his letter, so we have no idea how to respond (despite repeated attempts by my supervisor to recommend an attorney to him.) His letter closes with "That's a bad thing you did, taking a dump on my family." It's eloquent, really.

4. Child pornography charges are all the rage these days. One of my coworkers was carting a large file out for viewing by a third-party when she realized none of the exhibits (i.e. the child pornography) were placed in confidential envelopes. Apparently no one thought that having nude photos of 6 year old boys available for public viewing was a problem. It is.

This is what's happening in my life. What about you?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Codicil

I am writing this as a supplement to my last post.

Please understand that whether you are my family, my friend, or just a curious browser, I never had any intention of offending anyone or demeaning anyone’s faith when I wrote my last post. In my opinion, understanding our faith is the single most important personal journey that all of us must partake in at one point or another in our lives. Whether you choose to accept God, reject God, or just don’t know about God—we should never stop learning. Stagnation in faith leads to stubbornness and, worse yet, indifference. Indifference is truly the foulest word when it comes to spiritual issues, as it inevitably leads to cessation of personal growth in our faith.

I do not blame the WELS church for who I have become, nor do I blame my parents. In fact, I don’t even know why the word “blame” needs to come in to play. I am quite proud of the person I have become, and I would hope that no one feels the need to “blame” anyone for it. I do not consider myself a failure, nor do I consider myself morally bankrupt. I commend my parents for making the decision to raise my brother and me in a faith-based environment. Their decision set the foundation for all that I would become and all that I hope to be in the future.

My choice to disagree with many of the doctrines of the WELS Lutheran church is an informed decision, and one which I continue to explore on a daily basis. I believe that everyone must find their own truth. If that truth makes you kinder, happier, and an overall better person, does it really matter where you find it? The WELS church did not improve me in those ways, so it simply cannot be my own personal truth. Does that mean that I have abandoned God? No. Does that mean that YOU should abandon God? No. We all must seek our own truth, and we will ALL find it in different places (if we are lucky enough to find it at all.)

If you have any concerns regarding what I am saying, I highly encourage you to talk to me. When it comes to this subject, I am truly an open book. I would hate to think that anyone has lost faith in me or themselves because of any of this. I am learning and growing, and I must include all aspects of my life in this growth. I appreciate anyone concerned on my behalf, but I’m going to be okay.