Prov 17:22

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine... - Proverbs 17:22

Friday, February 18, 2011

Someone Will Be Ticked

"Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you're a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive." — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

To this I would add, "risk getting a lesser grade."

Last week my instructor informed me the Bible was not an appropriate source to cite for university courses. Did I mention the name of the course is "Public Administration Professionalism" or that the textbook is called The Responsible Public Servant? If ever there was a public servant, it was Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Perhaps he didn't fit the "responsible" part, what with all the whip cracking in the temple and all.

But I digress. Today I wrote the first draft of my first essay assignment, where you give and back up your opinion on whether the person in the case study is justified in whistle-blowing. I discovered the following in the textbook:

Has the whistle-blower gone to the immediate supervisor and to other appropriate personnel up the ladder? Has there been an adequate attempt to reason with the wrongdoer?...In short, has the whistle-blower sought to keep the problem "in the family" as long as possible?

Let me say this as lovingly as I know how.
HELLO? That is straight out of Matthew 18. Look it up if you don't believe me. I cannot NOT bring this up. Sorry.
A long list of citations, acceptable or not, decorates the bottom of my essay-- including Will Shakespeare's Hamlet. And the Gospel according to St. Matthew. And a lot of boring books and articles no one ever heard of.
Someone's gonna be ticked. I'll keep ya posted.


  1. Very interesting indeed, you are right to bring it up especially after what your teacher wrote on your paper. I know I would bring it up, but I just like to argue and win (or so Ryan says, lol)

  2. Wonder if your instructor would have the same objection to other "religious" texts/leaders being quoted, such as the Koran ... or Buddha ... etc??

  3. I had to laugh at the irony of the "word" that the system had me copy to ensure I was not a robot posting on here ... it was "fredim"!!! :-)

  4. What? You're not a robot, Duggy? Wonders never cease.