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  • Godwin Cotter


"Luke, I am your father." Darth Vader

In today's comic pages, our hero, Luke, suffers his complete humiliation on hearing the words "Luke, I am your Mother." Embarrassment can lead to positive change. What are some of the most embarrassing moments of your life? My brother once told me a story of his humiliation. I'm not sure if I totally believe him, but here it is.

I do take his tale with a grain of salt, but the platforming of his story does line up his life's trajectory. My brother is an entrepreneurial type and works from home, sometimes successfully. It wasn't the case with the BadSeedBikerBar he set up as a home business in his garage and laundry room. Anyways, being your own boss means setting your own hours so he got involved with his kids' homeschooling. (The kids haven't fully recovered to this day). One or two days a week, he was bringing the kids to a homeschooling co-op and as fate would have it, there was envy, rivalry and fractiousness among the assembled families. Plus there is sometimes some naivety among homeschooling families, often times not having watched enough episodes of Survivor to know how office politics work. This seems to have been a tragic flaw for my brother. A "friend" told him that next week was "No-Pants Tuesday". Next week, my brother and family arrived in force, dressed for the occasion. To their horror they realized they had been had, but it was too late. No time for explanation was afforded them, no three-strikes-you're-out policy, no-get-out-of-jail-free card: they were unceremoniously drummed out of the cooperative. Alas and alack for such outrageous fortune but that is life unless you're a celebrity..

For me however, moments of major embarrassment can catalyze positive, constructive change provided I am strong enough to capitalize on it. The irony is that more-often-than-not, the embarrassing situation was precipitated by weaknesses in the first place. So where is the strength going to come from when your tank is empty? Being weak is your new normal. Actually, I don't think the tank is ever really empty, just depleted, but regardless, God can help re-fill our tank. He's always willing if we ask Him.

How about the world though? Have we embarrassed ourselves to a point of no return or can we now turn back to the Almighty? Fyodor Dostoyevsky said, "The world will be saved by beauty", and recent popes have quoted him on that. Sometimes art is a great vehicle for delivering beauty to the soul.

For me some of Sam Mercier's art can be soul food. His artistic interpretation of ordinary events brings something intangible to table. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so." I feel that way about Sam's art. Here is a small selection,

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