September 3, 2002
The central tenet of Christianity is the sacrificial love Jesus showed by dying on the cross in place of humanity. That resonates with me on many levels. While I am no Christ-figure, when I was younger, I often deflected my parents’ anger toward my siblings by misbehaving even worse whenever they’d misbehaved. If my mom was yelling at my younger brother, for example, I’d disrespect her so that I’d be the object of mom’s wrath. Modern example: whenever my daughter misbehaves, I go ballistic on her, turning my wife’s sympathy to her, and her anger on me. All for love.