Hermeneutics in Everyday Life

From the Beacon Deacon Web Site

Suppose you’re traveling to work and you see a stop sign. What do you do? That depends on how you exegete the stop sign.

1. A postmodernist deconstructs the sign (knocks it over with his car), ending forever the tyranny of the north-south traffic over the east-west traffic.

2. Similarly, a Marxist sees a stop sign as an instrument of class
conflict. He concludes that the bourgeoisie use the north-south road
and obstruct the progress of the workers on the east-west road.

3. A serious and educated Catholic believes that he cannot understand
the stop sign apart from its interpretive community and their tradition.
Observing that the interpretive community doesn’t take it too seriously,
he doesn’t feel obligated to take it too seriously either.

4. An average Catholic (or Orthodox or Coptic or Anglican or Methodist
or Presbyterian or whatever) doesn’t bother to read the sign but he’ll
stop if the car in front of him does.

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