“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” ~ C.S. Lewis
What do we look for in the people we meet? Or, to put it another way, what do we see in the people we meet? What do we see in the public figures and celebrities we know only from sound bites, and edited video clips which are often produced with a purpose of portrayal in mind? In fact, whether it’s someone we are personally meeting for the first time, or a character in a play or movie we are seeing for the first time…there is a want involved. As social creatures we want to be seen to be accepted, to make a splash, to sell, to be wanted, to be loved…and to be feared. Alan Rickman is good at appearing bad which makes him valuable to the producer who wants an audience to see a bad guy. So is that all there is to it? We look and see with want and purpose in all our little universes to find joy and suffering and then we die? I want you to watch this delightful video clip I call Jefferson’s World which confirms to my mind another set of eyes that none of us can see, some of us believe, and many either reject or ignore. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…
What God Sees
I love reading Barnhardt because she challenges me to think like no other contemporary writer I’ve read. If you enjoyed “Jefferson’s World” which of course you did, you have her to thank…as I would not have come across it otherwise. I call it Jefferson’s world for the simple reason that without Thomas Jefferson it could not and would not have been made! The entire point of the film, the migration of mankind from the lower left to the upper right would not have been possible without the Right of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness breathed into us by Thomas Jefferson! There would have been no Edison or Ford to lift us from sick and poor to health and prosperity because there would have been no “Free Market Capitalism” that would have incentivized their minds to do so! But who saw this?
I wonder if Ann herself connected Jefferson’s World which she posted last week, to the C. S. Lewis quote above from her most recent blog entry? Imagine the set of eyes that are able to connect it all! As much as Jefferson’s contemporaries might have respected him, could any of them have really seen him?
All this really makes me wonder what you and I are really seeing today, and more importantly, how we are being seen, and to what purpose. These eyes exist for us to see through if we will only look through them. Imagine what we would see. Imagine the breath of purpose breathed into Jefferson that he in turn breathed into us…ready to fill the next set of lungs at so crucial a time as this. He/she will be someone bold and unafraid…someone genuine and true…someone with a purpose beyond themselves. Trust in God Dear Friend, and you will know them when you see them!