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Monday, September 30, 2013

RadioLab--Dear Hector

A few days ago I was doing the dishes.  It was late at night, Horyon and the kids were sleeping.  I was listening to a podcast from a program called RadioLab, and the episode was called "Blame."  The whole episode was very good, though also disturbing.  The first part of the show was largely focused on brain chemistry, and why we do destructive things even when we don't want to.  This led well into the last segment of the show, Dear Hector.  I have to warn you, this is not a piece to listen to lightly, or if you are in a sensitive mood. I don't want to take away any of the impact of the story by sharing the details, but I feel that I must warn you that there is very frank talk about a violent crime. I was just listening because I get bored doing the dishes, but I was in tears by the end of the program.

I had trouble finding it when I searched the site a few days later.  The word "blame" had not stayed with me at all.  When most of the details of the story had melted away in my memory, the solid core that I was left with was forgiveness.  Hector is one of those people who has taken forgiving to a level that is incomprehensible to most of us, myself included.  Hand in hand with forgiveness he brings humility to the table.  Not a slobbering, self-deprecating humility, but a genuine, Christ-like humbleness.  Everyone around him questions him, and encourages him to follow the wisdom of the world, but he doesn't.

I have not listened again, but I believe that Hector only mentions his faith in passing.  His actions speak louder than his words.

A Brief Introduction

Roblog is my writing lab. It is my goal to not let seven days pass without a new post. I welcome your criticism, as I cannot improve on my own.

Here is a link to my cung post, which remains the only word which I have ever invented, and which has not, as far as I know, caught on. Yet.