9/14/2015

Better than 90%

Tuesday September 22nd, James 3: 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. A friend from college days was shocked and dismayed several years ago when a survey was taken among his fellow colleagues at law school.  Better than 90% put down their number one reason for going to law school was money.  It was a bitter truth then, and one I fear is much more pronounced now.  Now I am not one to say that lawyers do not deserve a good income, anyone who puts in that many years of education does, but where do you draw the line between good and obscene?  The real problem is that if that is the number one motivation for so many, no matter the profession they choose, at what cost to the general good does it come?  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  It would be somehow pleasant to find out it was a trait only among lawyers or, some lawyers, or some kind of lawyers, but that would be far too simplistic.  I think they got 90% of that law class to admit it because lawyers are trained to tell the truth, the missing but sad detail is that were the rest of us so inclined to tell the truth, I am afraid the percentage would be the same.  

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