Saturday, December 30, 2006

[metaphor] raiders of the lost reason

Marion: What’s happening, Indi? All these flames and ghosts and things?
Indi: Er … I think G-d is just zapping the Nazis for stealing the Ark.
Marion: Couldn’t He do it, you know, a bit more quietly?
Indi: And let the denialists ascribe it to hallucination?
Marion: I’m happy in my humanistic denial. It’s up to each and every one of us stubbornly not to look at the evidence. That way we stay happy, you see.
Indi: Sort of like the ostrich, eh?
Marion: You know, Indi, I’ve been thinking and I’ve come up with a doozy of an idea. What if G-d is just a metaphor?
Indi: What if He just happens to exist?
Marion: Oh no, I wouldn’t like that.
Indi: Well let’s see the Great Metaphor get us out of this one.
Marion: Indi, man can do anything. He needs Nobody and Nuffink else. Can’t you get us out of this?
Indi: Er … not at this exact moment, Marion.


Matt M said...

You're dismissing the idea that the ROTLA Nazis were killed by a localised freak weather system - which, given the general absence of miraculous events in our day-to-day existence, is the only rational explanation. Sure, there was talk of evil spirits and melting faces, but all you have is the eye-witness testimony (which is notoriously unreliable) of two traumatised individuals - one of whom had a clear motivation to lie in order to make his exploits seem more heroic.

Alex said...

Well you see, if Indi had enough faith he could simply ask G-d to save him and he would. A faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains you know. Therefore, either Indi's faith must be less than the size of a mustard seed — like maybe half of a mustard seed or something about that size — or God does not exsist.

james higham said...

A point which must be considered, Matt. Like your philosophical logic, Alex.