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I'm pretty sure I would not like to live in a world in which I would never be offended.
I am absolutely certain I don't want to live in a world in which you would never be offended.
Freedom doesn't mean the absence of things you don't like.
Let's say I work for Acme and I have to use a third party web service from Contoso.
I had two issues with Contoso, one was that I needed some IP addresses white listed, the other that I get a 500 (Internal Server Error) whenever I call their service.
My manager at Acme, John, told me I had to send a request to the service desk at Stark Industries for the IP white listing.
However, I got in contact with our contact person at Contoso, Jane, about the 500, so I thought I'd ask about the IP white listing as well.
Jane handles the 500, but tells me to go to John for the IP white listing.
John already told me to go to Stark Industries, so I send them an email instead (sending John a CC).
Now I get an email from John that he actually meant the Acme help desk.
So I send a new email to Acme and Stark Industries to tell them my request was actually for Acme and Stark Industries may ignore it.
Acme now sends my request to John.
John reminds them that they are the ones to handle these requests.
Acme remembers, apologizes, and sends the request to... *drum roll* JANE at Contoso!
The circle is complete!
And that's how you keep way too many people busy with a simple request
Meanwhile my IP still isn't white listed (of course)
Jane does the work, but doesn't have the authority to approve the request.
It's just like company purchasing policy: a manager must approve the purchase, but it's their assistant / clerk that will actually prepares the purchase order, [gets it signed by that manager] & sends it out.
Nothing to do with keeping people employed, it's normal practice. Perhaps in smaller companies the manager would do the orders themselves, but in any mid - large organisation that manager likely (or supposedly) already too many other things to do. The clerk / assistant is 100% right to do (and say) nothing till their manager approves it.
And in large organisations it's even used as a counter balance on the manager not doing (or even being able to do) the actual ordering themselves in case they self approve their own ridiculous purchases - i.e. please send me 7 brand new tesla's, one for each day of the week.
This internet thing is amazing! Letting people use it: worst idea ever!
The reason is that she got those white list requests from everybody and their dog so she wanted a single contact person.
Since I was already in contact with her I thought I'd ask, but she's very "by the book" apparently
The people who ultimately "approved" don't even know me or what I'm up to
How would you progress to obtain the DNA of the alleged father?
I'd be very surprised if that carpenter guy was the one responsible.
But Mary had encounters with a fellow named Gabriel; I guess he could be found.
On the other hand: We know that Mary was traveling alone at several occasions, so the number of candidates could be large. They could be ruled out one by one. If no match was found, how far would you go before concluding that the claims from the young girl, about who is the father, are true?
Most likely you'd find a hit with some attractive young man of name Gabriel.
The Jesus that Mattew talks about was born 4BC or earlier, Herod died in 4BC, and he was king hwen Mattew's Jesus was born.
The Jesus that Luke talks about was born when Quirinius was governor of Syria, which he became in 6AD, so this Jesus was born 6AD or later.
There is practically speaking nothing in common in the childhood stories about the two Jesuses. The Lukas Jesus was not visited by any wisemen, received no gifts, and no star was worthy of mention. They came traveling to Bethlehem, had to stay in a stable and were visited by shepherds. Augustus and Quirinius were active, but no threat to kill newborn boys - no Herod. Mary was told to name the boy Jesus. Jesu grandfather was Eli, great grandfather Mattat, som of Levi. Luke telsls about Simeon and Anna praising the boy child. After the census, the little family traveled directly back home to Nasareth, with no mention of any problems.
The Matthew Jesus was visited by wisemen in the house where they lived, in Bethlehem, giving valuable gifts. There is no mention of shepherds or angels or stable, but of a star above the house. There was no traveling, no census, no Quirinius, no Simeon nor Anna praising the boiy. But the hunt for newborn boys forced them to flee from their home to Egypt. Not until they returned from Egypt did they settle in Nazareth; they didn't dare to return to Bethlehem. The grandfather of this Jesus Jacob, great grandfather was Mattan, son of Eleasar. His mother was told to name him Immanuel.
If both stories are true, maybe the young Matthew Jesus knew the (at least) ten year older Luke Jesus. I don't know how many inhabitants Nazareth had at that time; I guess it was so small that everybody knew of each other, even if they were not close friends. Which of the two became the preacher is anybody's guess.
So could've a nuclear war, pandemic, asteroid impact,...there's still hope!
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