Leo McGarry: The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee has a...
Josh Lyman: There's a Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee?
Leo McGarry: Yes.
Josh Lyman: Made up of members of the "There But For the Grace of God Go I" club.
Leo McGarry: You wanna mock people or you wanna let me talk to Toby?
Josh Lyman: I wanna mock people.
And again they make the same (unclear) assumption:
Donna: "It was like a meeting of the There But For The Grace Of God Society.".
Josh: "Anybody ask you out?"
Donna: "Shut up."
Now we read in the book of 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV:
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.
(Paul is taking about his incredible conversion on the Damascus Road, saying it wasn't his effort but the deliberate generosity of God).
I'm trying to understand the point of view they're assuming (that the "there but for the grace of God" group (TBFTGOGG) are somehow inferior). I think it could be one of:
TBFTGOGG are self-righteous and so we should make light of them
TBFTGOGG claim to have a monopoly on compassion and that is silly
I want to make fun of TBFTGOGG because in my experience they're hypocrites
TBFTGOGG are a minority group whose claim to my favour is invalid
TBFTGOGG had some bad media or bad incident and so they're now untrustworthy in the eyes of my group
TBFTGOGG are a bunch of dags and so I will make light of them being out of touch with the mainstream
My question is: What is the West Wing reasoning behind mocking people who say "there but for the grace of God go I?"
- I'm trying to show empathy and deeply understand where the other point of view is coming from (so I'm not looking for a glib answer to do with 'them and us' - I'm trying to understand motivations and reasoning
- I'm a massive fan of the West Wing - and this puzzles me