Am I my brother’s keeper?

Presbo just opined:

“But part of that belief comes from my faith in the idea that I am my brother’s  keeper and I am my sister’s keeper; that as a country, we rise and fall  together. I’m not an island.”

In the Bible there is only one single instance where the question arises as to whether a man is his brother’s keeper, which Presbo seems hot to take over the role of.  It is in the story of Cain and Able.  And the guy who in the Bible disavows being his brother’s keeper, which we are somehow supposed to connect that Presbo is, is also the guy who had just cut his brother’s throat out and let him bleed to death like a slaughtered pig.

Come to think about it, maybe that is why Presbo has been so happy not only to claim that role but also to justify what he’s been doing to our economy and debt.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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5 Responses to Am I my brother’s keeper?

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    Good one, Drrik. If there is one thing that angers me more than anything else it is the mis-use and quoting of Scripture. You nailed this one really really well!!!!!!!!!

    • drrik says:

      The actual word in the Hebrew Torah, ha-shomer, doesn’t refer to just a steward, but rather a keeper of animals, a herd master for a flock in the fields. So not just the person who decideswhen and where the flock eats, but also when it is shorn, and particularly when one of its members is pulled out of the herd, gutted and then roasted over the coals for the supper of the same keeper.
      Only a brother’s keeper in the bibical sense if your brother is not a man and is incapable of caring for himself.
      Of course a brilliant constitutional scholar would be able to figure this out. So is the misuse intended to decieve or does Presbo really intend to be the king who decides life and death? We did the king thing once.

      • Mrs. AL says:

        The mis-use is intentional and that is evidenced by his utterance. I think we both know the answer to your final question.

      • drrik says:

        A more accurate translation might be: Am I the owner of the slave who happens to be my brother?

      • drrik says:

        What’s particularly interesting in the context of the Bible and the Torah, is that the response that Cain was giving, that he was not the slave-owner, keeper, controller of his brother, was not only his stating the obvious, but also his being rather flip with God, who already knew that the answer was and is “no”, that one person is not the owner of another.

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