Category Archives: Jasonfreude

The Cautionary Principle

I use the Cautionary Principle while Tina tends to use Cost-Benefit Analysis.

A Friend of a Friend

On their greatest hits CD the Counting Crows cover the Grateful Dead’s song Friend of the Devil. I normally like to sing along with songs on the radio, but I had a hard time singing the line, “A friend of the devil is a friend of mine.” It was as if I was singing, “I’m a friend of the devil, so if you are too then you’re okay with me.”

Jesus told us to love our neighbors; to show kindness to our enemies; to give to those who ask and to never turn away from one in need. In that context I’m supposed to befriend even those who have befriended the devil. And that would make me “a friend of a friend” of the devil. Not nearly as lyrical, but true nonetheless.

So now my interpretation of this line can be something like, “Yes, I’ll open my heart to you; I don’t care who you’ve hung out with” Or better yet, “You’re a friend of the devil? Then hang out with me too, friend, because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

God’s Poker Face

God said he’d whip Nineveh but then relented. So if God is immutable then when He told Jonah that He would destroy Nineveh He had His poker face on. He was bluffing. Or was He?

Falling and Flying

Heard in a song:

“Falling feels just like flying until you hit the ground.”

Random Acts of Kindness

Made Your Bed

You made your bed, now writhe on it.

Waiting to die in your bed. Terminal sleepiness. Relaxation expiration.