World events in the last few weeks are disturbing. It's particularly worrisome because so many places such as Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Gaza are in conflict at the same time . The article below is a reprint of a few years back, because I can use some levity. Unfortunately, it is still a timely parable.
A viewpoint on an issue such as the Arab-Israeli conflict is often dependent on where the narrative begins. This can be demonstrated by a contemporary parable involving events on a golf course.
This mostly true story begins with a 70-year-old German lady who tried to rearrange a man's face with a golf club on the 13th-hole green. We'll call her Helga (to make her sound menacing) and we'll call him Jimbo (because that's his name.)
Helga is obviously out-of-line, isn't she? Well, maybe not. Moments before the assault, Jimbo cusses her a blue streak with words that are best unrepeated. That is certainly no way to treat a lady. So, advantage Helga - she is the aggrieved one.