By God, sir, you’re right!
[tag]Sunday[/tag] [tag]Religion[/tag] Special
A sweet little girl in her Sunday Best in a not-so-sweet little promotion for the band The [tag]Bastard Fairies[/tag].
Dearly beloved brethren:
My text for today is taken from the writings of R A Wilson who says:
“Do you believe in [tag]UFOs[/tag]?” somebody asked.
“Yes, of course,” I answered.
The questioner, who looked quite young, then burst into a long speech, “proving” at least to his own satisfaction that all UFOs “really are” sun-dogs or heat inversions. When he finally ran down I simply replied,
“Well, we both agree that UFOs exist. Our only difference is that you think you know what they are and I’m still puzzled.”
An elderly gentleman with blonde-white hair and a florid complexion cried out in great enthusiasm,
“By God, sir, you’re right. I myself am still puzzled about everything!”
And you know, dearly beloved, I think that is how we ought to live our lives, is it not? And that is how we really do live our lives, isn’t it? How we must live our lives. Unless we are Republicans, or Christians, or fools. But I repeat myself.
Later, brother Wilson continues:
The canny will detect here the usual Celtic impulse to make hash out of everything that seems obvious and incontrovertable to Saxons, grocers and other [tag]Fundamentalist[/tag] Materialists. [tag]Patapsychology[/tag] follows in the great tradition of Swift, who once proved with a horoscope that an astrologer named Partridge had died, even though Partridge continued to deny this in print; [tag]Bishop Berkeley[/tag], who proved that the [tag]universe[/tag] doesn’t exist but [tag]God [/tag]has a persistent [tag]delusion[/tag] that it does; William Rowan Hamilton, who invented the noncommutative algebra in which p times q does not equal q times p; Wilde, who asked if the academic commentators on Hamlet had really gone mad or only pretended to have gone mad; John S.Bell, who proved mathematically that if any universe corresponds to the equations of [tag]quantum[/tag] mathematics that universe must have nonlocal correlations similar to [tag]Jung[/tag]ian synchronicities; etc.
And I think there’s something in that for all of us, don’t you?
What DO you think?