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In our hunger for shortcuts, â€œDo unto others as you would have them do unto youâ€ is easily tossed aside. Whatâ€™s the remedy? Well, thereâ€™s a lot to be said for taking the narrow road, the long way, the switchback trail, especially in the way we treat people.
But otherwise polite people are willing to do almost anything for the sake of a shortcut. Or what about stoplights at an intersection? The yellow light typically means yield, caution, slowâ€”but apparently not where I live. Here the amber light seems to be a signal for many drivers to take a shortcut, to put the pedal to the metal and push through the light before it turns red.
And taking shortcuts in the way we treat othersâ€”something that is all too common in our materialistic, convenience-loving societyâ€”inevitably erodes both our intimate relationships and the civility of our interactions with people on the street.
But hikers who take these types of shortcuts are not only breaking the posted rules and endangering themselves by taking on steeper inclinesâ€”they are also violating trail etiquette. Etiquette, of course, is just another word for manners.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5, NLT) Except in matters of piecrust, Iâ€™m not really opposed to convenience. I think it can actually be a very good thing, a way of making time for what is most important. But what happens when our quest for convenience pushes us to take shortcuts on important issues? Now that can cause some problems.
I had them time me on the clock to prove that making a homemade pie shell was much quicker than driving to the grocery store and picking up one of those despicable, rubbery versions. (See, I told youâ€”a real piecrust snob!) I had them make a shell themselves, hoping to entice them with the ease of the recipe I provided.
All right, I admit it. Iâ€™m a piecrust snob. I turn my nose up at the â€œrefrigerator freshâ€ piecrusts at the grocery store. I would never dream of taking a bakery pie orâ€”heaven forbidâ€” something from the freezer to a potluck or a bake sale.