It has come to my attention that some people appear to be taking the utterings of Dr. Von D a little too seriously and, dare I say it, expecting them to exhibit some form of logical thought progression. (Waves at Dr. Hrys Hones, he of the steel-trap mind and sharp wit!) I would therefore ask the reader to be aware of the following factors:
a) Dr. Von D is not a qualified Doctor. She is, in fact, not any kind of doctor because she is not REAL.
b) Anything said to originate from the mind of this person in fact is the creation of Dr Von D’s creator i.e. me. Thus, by nature, it is going to be more closely related to the half-baked, semi-thought-out utterings of a deranged mind than any form of true scientific hypothesis.
c) Apparant anomalies may arise.
To clarify that which may have been understood as a licence for hedonism in my previous entry, I did not actually say that the "ABSOLUTE top priority of life is to spend a reasonable amount of time… looking after the self". Also, I certainly did not mean to suggest that this self-care should be at the expense of communion with God. Evidently, taking my words out of the context of who I am and why I blog could cause this conclusion to be drawn, but it was not intended to be read in this way. For me, personally (and this is after all a blog, thus only a personal point of view) "looking after myself" includes spending time in prayer and Bible reading. This helps me to ‘realign’ myself spiritually, so that I relate better to the rest of life.
Naturally as Christians, our first allegience is, and should only be, to God. However, I was pressed out of the mould of "My personal welfare comes at the absolute bottom of the list of priorites and if I am enjoying myself then I cannot possibly be pleasing God"* brand of Christians. I do not think I am alone in this, in the Wiblogsphere or the wider world, so I use my alter ego as a way of dispensing some small antidote to this way of thinking. Obviously, those of a lazy, selfish and hedonsitic bent do not need to hear this, but I fear that there are more desperately weary, self-sacrificial Christians out there than there are selfish couch potatoes!
*A clarificatin for Chas – this is the perverse logic behind the "I will not do this for X because I enjoy it" way of thinking. It is not that I fear doing something kind for X because I may enjoy it regardless of whether they will like it or not. It is more that I think my enjoyment of something may actually disqualify it as being worthwhile, regardless of the fact that it may well be a blessing for another. Perhaps this thinking is far too twisted for more sane minds than my own!