One of the enjoyable aspects of writing fiction stories is researching and learning about different cultures.
For instance in most places in the world, pointing a finger directly at someone is considered the epitome of rudeness. In other places, people just smile thinking they like my hair style.
Whereas in some countries, a good hearty belch at the table after a meal brings delight to the hostess…in others, a look of horror.
Many politicians have cultural advisers and still end up opening their mouths to change feet.
Even the gifted among God’s people run into difficulties, as they navigate around grammar and spelling, not to mention dialect diversities.
A letter sent to some young students from the famous evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth, spelt the same word in a number of different ways. When the students tackled the great man on his mistakes, he simply said, “Did you understand it?”
Father’s wisdom does not always come in the form of a Ph.D. He uses the simple things to confound the so called wise.
In the quest for understanding, many institutes use big words to hide their ignorance. Medical science uses Latin when they don’t understand what they are looking at. Every time I visit my doctor, I thought he was speaking in tongues when I walked in. No… it was Latin!
Seminary is another of those places. Students make a hasty line into the bookshop after their first lecture, to buy a theological dictionary, just to understand what the Prof just said. “What’s an extra Jesus? Dude!”
In my sometimes pensive state, in between killing off beloved main characters and staring out the window at the antics of Father’s little creatures, a cloud of intense procrastination passes over the mountains and valleys of my understanding.
If we set out in a professional sense to deliberately deceive someone that we understand what we are talking about, by covering our ignorance with large words, then that is professional lying. And if we lead people to believe we are someone we aren’t, like an image…. movie star, politician, pastor or even blog writer, take your pick, that is lying.
What about when we leave out the truth?
What about when we hate something a friend does, says or is and we say we like it… I didn’t want to hurt their feelings!
Do you like my hat?……. (retching noises)…… It’s lovely!
So what’s the moral of your story, Jack?
Concentrate on writing my new book, Paradise Warrior and don’t procrastinate, staring out the window.
Paradise Warrior….coming soon.