This past Saturday I stepped back into Conference youth work at a planning meeting for Mid-Winter Retreats.

That’s not what this post is about; but that was where the discussion that launched this post happened.  Actually, it was between meetings, over lunch at Chili’s.

As I asked for the ketchup to be passed, someone observed that they don’ t like that ketchup producers (manufacturers?) have gone to using red plastic for the bottles. Since I’m usually in for a philosophical discussion, I bit.

Several people concluded that ketchup companies started to use red plastic because it makes the consumer think it is perpetually full of ketchup.

I am not so sure.  I don’t know what’s in it for ketchup producers to make their containers look full – they still get empty, they still need to be replaced.

But, then, we do live in an age when everyone’s motivations are suspect, don’t we?  One of my favorite TV shows; well, one of my formerly favorite shows, is actually all about being suspect of the motivations of others.  I shared this last fall, that I was giving up House for this very reason.

I don’t want to be one who gets caught in the trap – or better, the spiral vortex of questioning others’ motivations.


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