Trouble with a Capital “T”

“Watch for the tell-tale signs of corruption!”

Ya Got Trouble

Pool also rhymes with fool.

Have you heard the one about the Satanic symbols hidden in plain sight on a Monster energy drink can? It’s a capital “M” that rhymes with (looks sorta like) the Hebrew letter vav that stands for 666.

I grew up in the church, and I watched the people around me fall for these sorts of cons over and over. When the Bible says “love believes all things” I don’t think it means we should fall for this kind of stupidity. After all, we’re also told to “be wise as serpents.”

I recently watched “The Music Man” for the first time. I found it a bit silly as a whole, but I did really like the song “Ya Got Trouble” as it illustrates quite well the ease in which a conman can get a crowd riled up over something as ridiculous as a pool table. In my lifetime, I’ve seen “concerned parents” panicking over dancing, rock music, card games, board games, books, books, and more books.

When I was a young adult, my church youth leaders actually told me I was at risk of “becoming a witch” because I read Harry Potter. They were so serious and concerned, and I was trying very hard not to laugh in their faces. I had already read the whole series several times and I hadn’t yet accidentally tried to cast any spells.

When you see the devil everywhere, that’s not a sign of intelligence, but of fear, and “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Poet, lover, thinker, human.

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