No patience for “ha-ha”.
God really hates schadenfreude. Malicious glee at the downfall of people or cultures you dislike.
In Ezekiel it’s described as saying “aha!”. So much faster to write especially on a phone.
I get how to read it now: Simpsons to the rescue. It’s to be read like Nelson Muntz, the resident bully in the Simpsons, the way he says “ha-ha”.
Tyre the great ancient city has passed and gone, not a trace remains. And God says here they deserved it for saying “aha” when Jerusalem fell.
Much is made of the sea and deluge.
The odd thing about judgement is that it exists because we care. The dinosaurs, I don’t think, cared that they became extinct. Animals don’t think about future animals or past animals.
Sydney has been virtually uninhabitable for days due to massive fires in deeply tinder-dry bushland. Villages have been lost. There is currently no location in Sydney with safe air, some have 10 times the safe level of toxic particles. Climate change debates have been ignited. It’s been like a preview of the city becoming a desert. Or deluged.
Nature wouldn’t mind, if only the polar regions are habitable. If most of the species, including us, become extinct. It would rebuild, problem solved, no more man made global warming.
Only we mourn deaths beyond those directly next to us, only we care. It’s our torture.
I know I’m sounding very serial killer. Very Harry Lime, Orson Welles’ character in the third man… “What did peace ever get us? The cuckoo clock”
I’ve been waiting for comeuppance impatiently since the election of Donald Trump. But he will never give anyone the satisfaction of “ha-ha”. It’s not in his nature to lose, so he never will characterise himself that way. He, like a plant, is exempt from judgement, because he, publicly at least, lacks the capacity to experience it. Drives me nuts.
The Simpsons did a great sequence with Nelson which was funny but also, to me, about the sad pointlessness of vengeance.
We are here to love, show compassion, fight for justice, be fair and ethical do god’s will and seek it. Not for “ha-ha!”. Or to avenge it.