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"You can keep your depravity
of man," my ethics professor said, "I don't buy it." He abruptly ended
the discussion that afternoon, but he didn't change my mind. You see, I
wasn't just a theology student studying at a respected seminary, I was
also the father of a two-year-old at the time. Enough said?
They come into the world
kicking and screaming, and self absorbed. And we never once have to teach
them to throw a fit. Why is that?
They constantly yell "mine,"
when nothing really belongs to them. We never have to tell them NOT to
share-they pick that up on their own.
When they're not saying "mine,"
they are yelling "NO!" Now throwing baby food across the room I understand-I
wouldn't eat that stuff either! But they also fight hot baths and squirm
away from warm hugs, nothing can explain that.
We spend months teaching
them to go in the potty and years teaching them to read, and a lifetime
teaching them to eat their veggies, but don't have to spend a single second
teaching them to disobey. Why is that?
The same reason you don't
have to teach a cat to meow or a dog to bark; it is their nature.
My professor? A few years
later, he was fired for a morals violation. I wonder if he believes in
the depravity of man today?