Continually, it seems, we are bombarded by the news that well-known people have chosen to betray their commitments in one fashion or another. Financiers turn out to be committed more to cheating their clients than helping those clients prosper. Spouses betray their commitments to their family and damage their children terribly. Some consider anyone in their immediate area fair game for their desires. Those who betray do nothing that is new. Such betrayals have happened over the several millennia of the human race’s existence. Perhaps it becomes somewhat shocking now because we as a society fancy ourselves as ‘evolved, modern, improved.’ Clearly we are not. But there are at least two thoughts to hold on to during these recurring episodes. Those who betray, although many of them receive inordinate attention, actually make up a minute fraction of the total world population. If one adds up just the most recent five or six well-publicized events of this sort, and compares that total to the entire population, and even considering a fair number of non-publicized similar occurrences, there are still millions of folks out there living decent lives, doing decent things. Returning valuables to their rightful owners. Living faithfully for decades with those they love. Setting examples to their children over and over. The second thought is this: we are not punished for our ‘sins’ but by them. Substitute other words for the word ‘sin’ – faults, misdeeds, transgressions, selfishnesses, whatever. Even those of us who reject the concept of ‘sin’ can agree that what goes around, comes around. And it really does, sometimes with quite a thump. Read the headlines.