Have you ever heard of crabology?
I’m told you never need to put a lid on a bucket of crabs. Why? If one crab tries to crawl out, all the other crabs will pull the ascending crab back into the bucket. That’s one group of frustrated crabs. Any group with acrabology groupthink, keeps everything status quo, safe for the moment but not free.
We see crabology in another animal life too.
Let’s call those animals human beings. The readers of BuzzWhack.com have identified buzzwords which describe human workers who have been infected with crabology. Let’s look at a few buzzwords.
Blamestorming: A process where participants analyze a failed project and look for scapegoats other than themselves. Death by Tweakage: When a product or project fails due to unnecessary or last-minute revisions. Clockroaches: Employees who spend most of their day watching the clock instead of doing their jobs. Prairie Dogging: When workers simultaneously pop their heads up out of the cubicles to see what’s going on.
Carbon-based Error: An error caused by a human. Adminisphere: The upper levels of management, where big, impractical counter-productive decisions are made. Deja Poo: The feeling that you’ve stepped in this poop before. Ringtone Rage: The violent response by cube mates after hearing your annoying cell phone ringing for the fifteenth time.
In times of crabology driven bucket life, God sends leaders who, against all odds, crawl out of the bucket. In Jesus’ time, the rule of thumb was mediocrity and status quo. The job of Rome was to ‘dumb down’ the people. If anyone tried to crawl out of the bucket, all the others would stop him. The same was true in the synagogues at that time. The Pharisees and teachers used peer pressure to keep the crabs in the bucket. That’s why they didn’t like Jesus. Jesus didn’t put people in buckets. He pulled people out of buckets. He didn’t play by their rules. That threatens bucket life.
We have a choice.
We can stay in the bucket and live by pulling others down or we can raise others up after we have crawled out of the bucket. Crawling out of the bucket takes more than caring for people, it takes curing people. Jesus didn’t pander to people. Pandering is giving people what they want so they stay in the bucket. Jesus lovingly gave them what they needed to get them out of the bucket.
Most students of crabology are afraid to risk challenging the peer pressure and groupthink of the propagators of crabology. Yet somehow, they know there’s more, much more. Jesus came to break this downward cycle. He undertook a risky venture. He modeled what people look like when they crawl out of their self or others created limited world to God’s unlimited world. God’s world has life now and life eternal.
I’ll finish with this thought whose author is unknown. ‘To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk their loss of approval. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure.’
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