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July 1, 2013

ED VASICEK: The graciousness vacuum

Are we overcorrecting for past mistakes?

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“The wrong words or tone could send these kids down a road of wacky diets, binge eating and ultimately worse dietary habits, according to a study appearing [June 24] in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

“The best approach to help children control their weight for a lifetime is to talk about healthful eating behaviors, such as which foods are beneficial for good health and disease prevention ... . A bad approach, on the other hand, would be to tease them, or to suggest to children that what they are eating is only going to make them fatter.”

Since the average dieter puts back on his weight with interest, the best approach is to change eating habits. Even if the results are not as dramatic, they are more likely to be permanent. Once again, a gracious approach is the better approach.

The federal government has particularly taken a vindictive tone. Uncle Sam’s attempts to nail whistleblower Edward Snowden appears to be a case of vindictiveness. His revelation about the degree of government surveillance (to the point of invasion of privacy) can be viewed as a security issue, but it can more easily be viewed as a Bill of Rights issue.

According to UPI, “Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak says he admires Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on U.S. monitoring of citizens ... . Wozniak admitted he’s bothered that technologies he helped develop have made such activities possible.

“‘... We created the computers to free the people up, give them instant communication anywhere in the world; any thought you had, you could share freely ... . We didn’t realize that in the digital world there were a lot of ways to use the digital technology to control us, to snoop on us ... .”

Snowden, as of this date, was visiting Russia while our government was demanding the Russians hold him. Will our government be gracious to Snowden (whom many view as a patriot), or will it make an example of him to intimidate other possible whistleblowers? We’ll find out!

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@att.net.

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