Friday, August 12, 2005

Forget the boat

Orion left his book on the floor. It's one of those felt things where you stick cut out shapes on the pages.
This book isn't about anyone named Noah, an ark, a flood, or an angry god. It's about zoo animals, and it is a hand-me-down from a nice boy named Noah, who is now too grown up for the book, and whose name was stamped on the book years ago.
I have one friend who believes that nearly always, things are just what they seem to be. I have another who insists you can't take a single thing at face value.
I'd like to think things are mostly somewhere in the middle, and it takes a mixture of paying attention and time to figure things out.

We are in the midst of imminent wedding semi-chaos.


Anonymous said...

I reckon it illustrates how each of us views the world through the filter of our life experiences. Those from a predominantly Judeo-Christian background may be likely to immediately assume that the book is about Noah and the Ark (and in spite of my agnostic leanings, I do come from such a background, and would have likely assumed exactly that). I am not sure how someone from another background would react - perhaps they would have more accurately assessed the nature of the book because they lack the J-C frame of reference.

This is probably an underlying reason for the "narrow" world view exhibited by so many people. Unless otherwise encouraged by one's parents/family/friends to question their perceptions or consider multiple perspectives, many appear to be conditioned from an early age to look at things from a certain frame of reference, and would never consider looking at things any other way.

In other words: baaaaaaaaa!

Anonymous said...

Happy Exciting Wedding Exquisite Joy Superb Love Etheral Wonder Ideal Beauty Merry Merry Merry!!

K said...

I don't think I have a particularly narrow world-view. I have Asperger's Syndrome (mild) and so quite a lot of the world appears profoundly weird to me. The nearest thing I have to a personal philosophy is probably "take into account that people (and life) are harder to understand than you think".

On the other hand, I was indeed brought up in the Church and would have assumed the book was about floods, ravens, doves, rainbows etc. I'd have thought the title was a little terse, however.

Happy wedding. I imagine you're all asleep as I post this.