Our sermon this past Sunday was on the subject of humility and the timing could not have been better. I needed to be reminded of how dangerous pride can be and how authentic humility, interwoven with deep & profound gratitude, creates the foundation necessary for true happiness.
And yes, I couldn’t help but think of Brandon Dixon, the actor on stage last week, wagging his finger and delivering a sharp, condescending lecture to the future Vice President of the United States who was sitting in the audience quietly enjoying the show.
In an interview Mr. Dixon gave after his “big moment” he told Broadway.com “When we first got the call that he (Pence) was coming, there was certainly a question of what we would do,” Dixon said. “These are the opportunities that you die for.”
I promise this is not going to be an in depth analysis of how situationally unaware Mr. Dixon and his cast seem to be, but it is worth noting that the price of a ticket to see them perform is out of reach for 99.99% of the inhabitants on planet earth. I would think it would be prudent to consider that fact before carrying on about inclusivity and diversity..but whatever.
This actor’s action is just the latest example of the general lack of humility, civility and respect I see all too often these days. Whether it’s a student talking back to a teacher, pundits arguing on TV, athletes kneeling for the anthem, political candidates tearing into each other, protestors screaming in a policeman’s face or shouting down a speaker, there is a disturbing undercurrent of self-righteous, self-important, self indulgent, self centered pompous pride that is debasing much of our discourse.
This trend is crass and ugly and most importantly, blinds us to our own faults and frailties.. as Mr. Dixon himself is finding out. (Hey kids, You should all know this by now-the stuff you put on Facebook, Twitter and all the rest really can come back to haunt you.)
Pride is a tight fitting jacket,
kinda like the one Mr. Dixon is wearing in the photo above.
It can make you look all prim and proper,
and somehow better,
and more powerful than everyone else.
But boy oh boy,
when that spot light zooms in,
it can also get hot, itchy and pretty darn uncomfortable.
So wear it with care..
only if you dare.