Like many people, I am a little sensitive to criticism. But I couldn't help but chuckle when I came across a Letter to the Editor today in the Adventist Review (January 10, 2008) about one of my recent articles.
The author writes: "In reference to Shawn Brace's October 18 cover story 'Saving a Seinfeld Generation From Itself,' just what is selfish about George's not sharing the PIN number to his ATM account? They are not married, so why should they have all property in common? For that matter, nothing is said about Susan's offering to share the PIN to her ATM. They could break up. She could get mad and clean him out. This well-intentioned article is about the most confused I have ever read in the Adventist Review."
Is it really the most confused? That's a bit strong. But, I can't help but laugh over the author's hyperbole. Never mind the fact that the individual is exegeting a mere illustration that comes from a popular TV show. I don't know if Susan gave her PIN number to George or not, and I'm not sure that was the point of the episode (and I certainly know it wasn't the point of the article). Never mind the fact that I was sighting something from a make-believe world and, quite frankly, no one ever gave thought to worrying about the implications of what would happen if they broke up.
But the funniest thing of all is the fact that it was George and Jerry themselves who declared the actions to be selfish! It wasn't even me who was making that point. Jerry Seinfeld, a man who made a living off a show that was about selfishness, declared George's actions to be selfish (as the picture on the right indicates).
Like I said, it struck as funny that some one could give so much thought to such a little point. Incidentally, though I don't read the Review all that often, this is, I believe, the first letter that my articles have received a reaction from. Keep them coming, I guess!