Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Falling Out of the Material World
Here in OurTown, there are several names that have been reverberating on teevee and radio since I was child, now the third or possibly the fourth generation of that name is hawking cars on cable. One of these dealers thinks being car dealer qualifies him to be in Congress and is the nominee of the Tea Party--that ought to tell you something about the credibility of the Tea Party.
Yesterday, a federal judge put Hecker in the slammer. Here's the story from TwinCities.com--which has a comprehensive archive of Hecker stories. You can also read a Wall Street Journal article detailing aspects of the bankruptcy proceedings.
My family is embracing our fall out of the material world, as I have discussed previously on Bad Lawyer. I woke up Tuesday morning feeling a lot like a drowning man, or maybe like Jonah in the belly of the Leviathan; pretty dark and hopeless. When you are caught in the maw of the justice system, right or wrong, you are thoroughly chewed. As a lawyer I should have known that this is how it would feel. I'm aware that my actions caused this sort of distress for others over three decades. So while I can assure you that guys like Hecker and guys like the Bad Lawyer, brought these events upon ourselves, it is no less agonizing.
Hecker wanted, among other things, to pay his kids tuition at the school his kids were already attending; I'd like to provide a safe and familiar place for my pregnant teenager to bring her baby home when she delivers him in January. You see, I fully understand what motivated Hecker's conduct as outlandish as it may seem. We live in a material world. He was out of control, I was out of control--it's merely a matter of scale.
I pray that my family survives this fall, I hope my children can draw the most important of all lessons: the material world is an illusion.