Luckily, most of the research topics I encounter are of the non-ideological, non-political variety, but every once in a while I am handed a manuscript on climate change -- one of the dreaded litmus tests of Serious Christianity.
I take the litmus tests seriously, which entails doing everything I can to ensure that every single factor -- attitude, event, fact, thought -- decisively confirms my commitment to God and Creation. Nevertheless, I sometimes have limited control over the external factors connected to litmus test issues. The climate change research papers that come across my desk occasionally are a good example of this.
Although I had no reservations about losing my part-time job over the peck at the end of last year, I consider it foolish and excessive to adopt the same do-or-die attitude over the handful of research articles pushing the giant scam of climate change that happen to land before me every year.
This doesn't entail that my "choosing" to work on the manuscripts is in any way justifiable or excusable -- merely, that I cannot afford to lose my full-time situation over a half-dozen research articles that focus on a litmus test.
If the articles were pecks, or if I had to edit twenty climate change articles a month . . . well, that would be a different story -- but as it stands, I deal with the indignity of having to edit these sorts of manuscripts and repent my actions before, during, and after the work is complete.
Needless to say, this repentance comes from full awareness, but I recently became conscious of something else I regularly do in connection with this litmus test associated work -- hand washing!
The first thing I do whenever I get up from my desk during my work on a climate change piece is head straight to the bathroom and thoroughly wash my hands!
Out damned spot!
I tell you, Lady Macbeth and Mr. Jaggers have nothing on me.