So tonight I am going to tell you the actual story of the Good Samaritan. That old parable. You’ve probably heard the story and you probably think the story of the Good Samaritan is a story of a good kind man who helped someone. Wrong. Well, sort of. But that is not the full story. The Samaritans were a tribe of people that the Jews hated, and the Samaritans hated the Jews. Bad blood extending a while back. Whilst the Jewish man lay dying at the side of the road, before the Samaritan stopped to help the man, three prominent Rabbis walked by and did nothing. So let’s put this in a modern day context because Samaritan in our cultural context now means “good person” where to the people who Jesus told this parable Samaritan meant something more like “the scum of the earth”. Here is the modern day Good Samaritan story.
A transwoman is lying at the side of the road dying. Munroe Bergdof walks past and does nothing. “I don’t have time for this, I have a Channel 4 interview in 10 minutes.” India Willoughby walks past and does nothing. “I can’t go getting involved. I’m too famous and don’t know her from Eve. Could get weird.” And then Paris Lees walks past, and also gives a reason why she can not help as she walks past.
Then a middle-aged GC woman stops at the side of the road and helps the transwoman, invites her into her home, feeds her, washes her, and nurses her back to health.
That is the story of the Good Samaritan, and you can flip the roles too. Could be a gender-crit at the side of the road and a transwoman stops to help her after Janice Raymond, Germaine Greer and Sheila Jeffreys all walk past… it could also be other divisive groups too. I’d find the version of the story that makes you the least comfortable and sit with that for a while. I find it to be good spiritual practice. 🙂
This is and has been my basic position and it doesn’t make me especially popular. I dislike, most of all, the tribalism and polarisation that is occuring in this debate and anything I can do to mitigate that I will. With black and white ideological thinking, I don’t especially care who it comes from or their reasoning for it. I dislike it from anyone of any stripe.
Some people reading this modern-day version of the Good Samaritan may think me mad. People thought Jesus mad. They didn’t cruxify him for nothing. I am quite deadly serious though and anyone who knows me can tell you, it isn’t a gimic. That’s where I position myself in this whole thing- against tribalism and against black and white thinking.
As such I am the first signatory in a letter below denouncing violence and intimidation from certain trans-activists. Can we speak for all trans people? No, of course not and it would be madness to try- but we speak for ourselves so that others can see there are transsexuals who are ill at ease with intimidation and fear as calling cards.
Thus ends my bedtime story. Night all.