I watch a lot of television. A lot. I’ve made that clear before. I’m also Not ashamed of my television viewing habits. I watch high-brow, low-brow and everything in between. Admittedly, I do not watch many reality tv shows. I have enough crazy, manufactured drama in my life to watch that on tv as well. I have often thought about starring in reality TV show myself. Rather, I have thought about asking a reality television show to come film at my places of work. It really doesn’t matter which work place of mine. Any of them would have qualified for a crazy reality TV show. I’m sure many others out there feel similarly.
Anyway, during my recent numerous hours of television watching at late night taught me about a creature (or person) I wasn’t really familiar with before. That being of the sin eater. Who, on the face of it, I can be down with it. I mean, think about it, a person who takes on another’s sin is a pretty nice thing to do gor someone. In the past (long, long yime ago) sin eaters were considered particularly helpful when someone died unexpectedly. Supposedly, the deceased, in such a case, didn’t have time to confess and repent. I wonder if that could be part of life insurance benefits?
If only there would be an exercise eater: a person who works out on your behalf and you get the firm body and weight loss. That would rock.
But I digress my friends.
On the currently aired television show Sleepy Hollow, Ichobad Crane’ s son is a sin eater. A few weeks ago, on the show Arrow, Captain Lance was referred to as a sin eater because of the heavy burden he carried on his shoulders. On the Blacklist, Red told Lizzie he’s a sin eater as he addresses evil and tries to keep her memory clean of the past. There was also a sin eater on the tv show Lucifer. I could go on and on. But you get it. The sin eater, even if at a subconscious level, is on our collective mind.
This is why I love television. I learn so much. I not only learned about the sin eater, but I gained insight into our psychology. We are haunted. We feel guilty. We want an easy pass.
Most certainly current events would have us scratching our heads and wondering what’s going on. Maybe the sin eater had quit? Maybe he only works leap years. Maybe he doesn’t exist at all.
As the Usual Suspects noted a fabulous movie by the way):
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”