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101 Things I’d Like To Teach My Son (But Don’t Know How)

101 Things I Don’t Know How To Teach My Son (But Wish I Could) #22 Life of Pi

Dear Son,

I once read a novel called Life of Pi.  The author (through a character) makes the claim that he is about to tell a story that will make you believe in God.

I almost stopped reading at that point because I formed the impression that I was about to read some cheap novel about a fictional miracle.

I did read the novel. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. Much to my amazement the novel did enrich my belief in God. The reason it did so may surprise.

You see, the author’s understanding of God struck me as both so unusual (by mainstream standards) and so beautiful I thought “wow if anyone can imagine God to be like that, then God must really exist”.

Poor reasoning I realize, but it is the power of story at work here, not logic.

I hope you read Life of Pi someday, and of course form your own conclusions.

Love Dad

101 Things I Don’t Know How To Teach My Son (But Wish I Could) #21 Contrasts

Dear Son,

One morning while I was working out west I had a rather unusual experience.

As usual I noticed the ugliness of the place around – a large construction site that had room for little nature.

But almost immediately I was struck by the profound stillness of the morning.

Then I noticed the sky, overwhelmingly beautiful as the sun was preparing to rise.

In the stillness I realized that my own psyche is much like this place – there is an ugliness, a beauty and a profound stillness. I would go so far as to say that we’re all like that.

Love Dad