Tigers do not change their stripes

It’s too bad our culture is letting go of so many of the old sayings that once so neatly encapsulated the common wisdom of the people. We never hear, for example, of the problem of a kid in a candy store. It once was a nifty way to speak of someone overloaded with choices and options. Now, we are all overloaded and our commercial interests work very, very hard to keep us in that jam. If everyone finds their sense dulled by an excess of options, then a phrase which identifies and isolates the problem is of no use.

Another old phrase was that tigers do not change their stripes, meaning we should be very slow to trust anyone who seems to undergo a major change of character. The old self is likely to emerge again in one way or another.

Donald Trump is quite open about the fact that he has long been a buying of politicians. that creates an awful moral stench about him but he argues that he won’t be a bought politician because he is so rich. And, amazingly, some people actually believe him. But his insatiable greed is not going to disappear. It will show up in one way or another.

Now we find he is paying people to appear on stage with him as “supporters.” The tiger who is accustomed to buying people for his own ends is fully committed to continuing his obnoxious ways. Donald Trump simple does not have a moral dimension to his character.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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