A quick one today. It hit me this morning that if the Bible enjoins us to refrain from gossip (and it does), and (being humble) we're also supposed to keep from talking about ourselves, then if everyone follows just those two rules:
- Don't talk about others.
- Don't talk about yourself.
...the amount of allowable conversation topics just got a lot smaller. Worse, it will be driven toward the sort of inane "small talk" that drives me crazy - the weather, sports (but not anything personal about the players, obviously), politics (but not anything personal about the politicians, obviously) and entertainment (but not anything personal about the entertainers, obviously). Actually, looking over that list, you can roll it all up into "weather and entertainment."
We are supposed to be in community. We are supposed to care about one another. But that seems real hard to do if we can't talk about each other or ourselves. All those long, awkward pauses I feel when interacting with others? The ones that occur not because I am not thinking of anything to say, but because from personal experience I know better than to say it? Those just got a lot longer and more awkward.
So...how 'bout that weather? Sure is somethin', huh?