Friday, March 13, 2009

Jonah and the Whale

For some reason, several people have spoken to me lately about this Bill Maher movie on religion. Seems goofy to me. I mean, who cares what he thinks? He's cranky! But I did just waste half an hour trying to figure out what I actually think about Jonah and the Whale. I haven't thought about him since I was a kid! So I haven't even seen the movie and it's making me think. That's never a bad thing, is it?

So here's what I came up with:
"There's more in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio." Maybe it could have happened. But I don't really care! It isn't relevant. I don't think it matters whether or not there was a Jonah, let alone whether or not there was a whale!

Myth often brings us truth more profoundly than fact.

So the point of that story is not the whale. The point of the story is... well what IS the point?

More often than not, control is an illusion and safety a gift.

If God is trying to speak to you, it is better to listen than to run.

In this world, the answer to the question, "why" is usually silence.