Answering the questions from Sparks from a Combustible Mind for this week
If confronted with a violent crime against a single individual in progress (severe beating, rape, assault) do you try to do something about it (phone authorities or confront the criminal, stop the crime) or do you figure it’s none of your business and walk or drive on by? Worse (to me) would you record the crime for social media use without doing anything else?
I intervened twice when I saw violence against another person, once with a man beating a woman and once with a mother fighting a child. In the case of the intimate violence, I asked the man to stop beating the woman, or I would kill him! I was inebriated at the time (which is why I stopped drinking alcohol), but it worked. The next day, when I woke up, my then-husband told me that I almost got us both killed.
In the case of the child, the train to Washington, DC was delayed, and a young mother with a little girl about 8- to 10-years old went to a bar across the street and got drunk. When the little girl started to cry for her father, the mother started calling her names full of profanity, and she began beating her in the face and on her body. Other folks just looked on, but I stepped in, grabbed the child, and gave her one of my son’s coloring books and crayons. I told the mother that you never travel with a child without something to keep them busy and that if she touched her again, I would call the police, which someone should have done anyway.
I intervened in both cases because 44 years ago, I was the one being beaten and choked until I nearly died, and not one of the 50 or so people around us intervened. If not for God answering my cry to not to die like a dog in the street, they would have stood by and let me die. I cannot just watch, I have to do something, hoping to save the person and myself from serious injury.
2. If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?
Good question. I would teach them how to read a Bible, because it has been my reading and the insights and revelations given to me by the Holy Spirit that sustains me in times of difficulty, for the verses I have memorized or constantly seek out remind me that I am never alone. In the Bible, I am reminded each time that there is a power in the universe, I call Him El Shaddai, God Almighty, who has come to my rescue many times and taught me to never lose hope, no matter how bad things get in my life or in my country. Lessons abound in the Bible, and there is nothing new under the sun, just new labels, so it remains always contemporary.
3. First think of a product. Now, what would be the absolute worst brand name for one of those products?
A brand of perfume named Skunk.
4. What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities?
Headaches and cavities are the work of aliens from out of space who survive under our sinks. The more boxes of medications and types of toothpaste and mouthwash helps supply them with fuel for their ships. They love the hypochondriac and the person who is quite anal about brushing and flossing after every meal!