You know how sometimes you watch a tv show and you get a secondary message? I guess what I'm trying to say is, you watch someone's reaction to something and it is more insightful than what the show actually has to offer?
I like the show "Who do you think you are?"
A few nights ago, they were exploring the heritage of actress Helen Hunt.
Helen found out that her great-great grandmother was a prominent figure in the Christian women's temperance movement.
You could literally see her cringe and shrivel.
Her ancestor was a Christian trying to stop alcohol? Of course, Helen was filtering through a modern prism. For me, it was very telling to see her reaction. I can't help but think ... gee, is it THAT bad to think that your ancestor, in her time, was a Christian and a temperance leader?
She acted like she'd discovered her great great gran was a Nazi-collaborator.
Helen got an education. Women had no vote back then and alcoholism was rampant in society. It was destroying families and was a factor in men beating women. The ONLY avenue her ancestor had available to try to make a change was Christian women's temperance.
Gawd forbid great-great-gran is politically incorrect. But shoot...she came before you ... have a little faith.