There are two unique stories in the news today, which say a lot about society, where we've been, and where we are going.
First, there's a church up in Lebanon, Ohio.....which wanted to put on a show and draw a vast crowd. So they removed the pews, put down a bunch of dirt on the floor, put up a extra large cage of sorts, and then brought in a wild horse.
You can sit and imagine this scene, and how things are a bit hectic and chaotic.
The minister emerges in cowboy gear, and with some help.....gets on the wild horse. There's some bucking, and violent motion. It's some tense moments, and in roughly ten minutes....the horse has been tamed.
The minister dismounts.....to applause of course, and so begins the sermon on how to take on adversary in life.
I grew up in a Baptist-theme region, and they would have had a very quiet service.....with a minister saying he'd personally heard Jesus talking to him, and that was about as risky as they ever got. In this case? At any moment, the horse, could have gone onto turbo-mode and pitched the minister enough to severely injure the guy. Folks in the audience would have jumped up and said it was a bad sign of something and retreated from the facility.
It's hard to say if this is a sign of the times.....but it does say something about folks using various gimmicks now.....to sell religion to the public.
The second story? We are now a couple of weeks in Colorado, from legal marijuana sales. In fact, folks have woke up and now realized that there just might not be enough marijuana (legally grown stuff) to sell on opening day.
You can imagine this scene....a bunch of political guys standing around and all worried about their gimmick of freshly grown marijuana being sold legally on the street, and there's just not enough. Strangely enough, across the nation, there's tons of weed grown, and delivered daily across the nation, and we always seem to have enough.
The real issue? Free market. Well....and there's the issue of a bunch of tourists from out-of-state showing up to buy the stuff and get a Rocky-Mountain-High. Various state news folks are guessing on the crowd showing up on day one of sales in 2014, and some folks think up to 300,000 may cross the state border to take in the scenery, the snow, and some weed.
It's an odd world we live in.