Killing Bud, Getting the Guns: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Many of you will read this and think, “Wow, this guy is really stretching his point to infinity and beyond” (to quote a famous American) But this hit me one day, as I was out walking my two canine colleagues and the essential Truth of it was so undeniable that I decided to let you in on it.

The question of my rationality is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.

A chance remark I heard on television sparked a couple of my remaining brain cells as I was lathered up in my shower one day, and it has stayed with me ever since: “What would you give your life for?” My subconscious’ bad grammar aside, it’s a good question and one that, I believe, helps you get to know yourself better. I realized, standing there dripping, that the answer was complicated. I would gladly and without hesitation die in place of any of my grandchildren. I know this like I know my own name. I don’t even have to wonder if I’d chicken out, because,if I did, I’d have to die, anyway, because I couldn’t live with myself as that much of a coward. I’d die for my God-sent domestic partner. If terrorists kidnapped her, I’d offer myself as a replacement in a second. But the person who asked this on TV specifically said, “…and it can’t be your family or friends. Something outside yourself…something that would be purely unselfish.” I scoffed at that, because any reason you would die for something would be selfish. If it weren’t, you’re dying for nothing.

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