It has now become apparent no one is safe from their past. In the age of Twitter and Facebook and Instagram we keep account of our own behavior for others to rifle through. The notion of privacy is in precipitous decline. Traffic cams and ATM cams and security cams and... There is almost nowhere we can go for privacy. Even our cell phones and Alexa and Echo and Google Assistant keep track of us whether we intend for them to or not. Heisman Trophy winner Kyle Murray, while a young teenager, posted offensive comments on his social media accounts and he's being given an electronic 3rd degree. Kevin Hart was selected to host the Academy Awards and it was discovered his social media past was littered with offensive posts. He is no longer Oscar's choice. Maybe there won't be a host this year. Perhaps the imaginary fantasy world of Hollywood could spare us all the inconvenience of four hours of self-congratulatory television and dispense with it altogether this year. Have we finally come to a point where our sensibilities are so fragile we no longer able to just walk away and ignore boorish behavior? Is every social slight an occasion for public humiliation? Will our lives be more secure and our consciences be more at ease if every mistake is corrected for all the world to see? Our "zero tolerance" culture will soon be impossible to tolerate. None of us will be free from some form of taint. We will all be so fallen and broken we might rediscover the Biblical revelation: "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Or, "The inclinations of the hearts and minds of men are only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5 AND 6:21) Perhaps knowing our pedigree we could be more tolerant and more forgiving. After all, we don't want another flood. Do we?
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