The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court sent us a very nice letter. It included three crisp photos of our Malibu. And a time stamp to let us know that I was the lucky winner. But that wasn’t all, a flashy insert announced I could review a video of the whole event! Our court system really does care… at least about the fine I owe for running a red light.
In my defense, I was on my way for a church meeting. It was also very early and I was very late… (later than I even realized looking at the time stamp)… This is a poor defense. I deserve the ticket. But the whole letter felt like an advertisement. An infomercial to convince me to pay the ticket. I half expected to hear, “But wait there is more…” I might, if I ever watched the video.
Flashy ads convince us to buy Snuggies, but it felt wrong, at least weird, from the government. As though they were selling me my own guilt. But maybe that is what must be done. Wrapped up in our warm, cozy reality – do we ever believe we are wrong?