Appalling: (adj) greatly dismaying or horrifying
What is appalling?
I would think that our value and service to humankind is based upon our ability to discover what is truly appalling instead of what we promote as appalling.
- It is not appalling that young people want to have sex with each other. It is a healthy situation demanding wisdom.
- It is not appalling that people make mistakes. What we should be teaching in our schools is gracious repentance instead of clumsy denial.
- It is not appalling that people don’t believe in God. God knows He’s hard to understand–that’s why He keeps sending people to simplify Him to the masses.
- It is not appalling that politics has degraded itself to a mockery. What is appalling is that we don’t seem to be able to have any statesmen step out of the shadows to represent the common good anymore.
- It is not appalling that men and women, and people of different races have some natural conflicts. What is appalling is the idea that this is irreversible and should be accepted rather than addressed.
- It is not appalling that businesses cheat and sell inferior products. No need to get your ire up, just hire more competent laborers.
- It is not appalling that people want to do away with unwanted pregnancies. What is appalling is the hypocrisy that allows for one form of termination of life while promoting another.
- It is not appalling that the Jews and the Arabs are at each other’s throats. It is a family squabble, and only appalling if we think we can resolve it.
- It is not appalling that in the long run we do need a savior to rescue us from our inconsistencies and sins. What is appalling is keeping people weak to constantly remind them of those inconsistencies and sins.
If you’re going to use the word “appalling,” you should shrink it to cover less and less variety of subjects.
For after all, the only thing that’s truly appalling is that after all these years, we still don’t understand that if we’re going to survive as a species, it is a necessity that we “love our neighbor as ourselves.”
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