The Face of An Angel
(Formerly "He That Is Without Sin")
of the advantages of finally getting some free time is
being able to reflect on experiences.
A male student in one of my classes -- a
student known to have personal problems and who had some
scrapes with authorities -- wanted to do a video on his
favorite TV star.
It was an unusual request, so we talked
about it after class. He said he had taped hours of this
young woman's TV shows that he could assemble for the
It became clear that he was smitten by her and at one point he very uncharacteristically said, "I think this is how angels are supposed to look."
Seeing how the idea generated some badly needed enthusiasm, I said okay, but I emphasized that his video couldn't consist of just a collection of shots of her, but it had to include some "glue" -- some meaty biographical information.
A few days later he said he had
changed his mind about the video. In
doing his research he found out that she had
serious spats with co-stars and had even briefly served
jail time. He said, "She's not the
person I thought she was." That not only left him
thoroughly dejected but without a video project.
His "angel" had crashed to the ground. He looked crestfallen and he had lost all motivation
for doing the video -- any video.
I said, "Maybe you shouldn't judge her too harshly; none of us is perfect. A famous man once said. "He who is without sin should cast the first stone."
He thought about that in silence for a few moments. "So I guess you're saying, if I'm not perfect, why should I expect her to be? So maybe that just makes her more like me."
A week later he turned in his video on her, and in the biographical narration was the phrase, "She's not perfect, but neither are any of us."