Today is, by most reckoning, a fairly super day.
There are things in the world that make it less so, such as last night's devastation of East Nashville from a tornado and the aftermath of that. It is a horrible thing to see, and it certainly makes me feel very fortunate and even blessed that I was not in nature's path on this occasion. May those who were in that path find safety and recovery.
But today is also a day where we consider the consequences of what happens when we don't back the right horse.
There's really no better way to put it. It's a gamble. Maybe they are who they say they are. Maybe they would indeed do what they say they would do.
Sometimes, just sometimes, we get to find out if what they said, what they promised through their pleas to accept them into our lives and trust that they will do us right, is true or false.
There's not a whole lot of difference between a liar and a politician, at least that's what most people think.
They don't care what friendships they ruin, what bonds they break, or even what they destroy to get where they're headed, where they think they will find what they are looking for, whatever it may be.
Acceptance, money, power, love, it doesn't really matter how they get it, just that they use and abuse your help to get it.
In a way, we all have a personal friendship, a kinship or a relationship, with the people in whom we put our trust. I have been burned before, and if I am honest with myself, because I know who I am, I will probably be burned again.
But that's not the point, is it? Avoiding the pain of betrayal is no reason to not care, to not back the horse you think is most likely to win the race.
It's usually all about money, though, isn't it?