Wednesday, November 16, 2011
LOOKING FOR TRUTH IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES
CHARLIE WONDERS today if he has been looking for truth in all the wrong places. Truth may be in the cartoons that I have passed over with only an occasional chuckle. In my reading today I was referred to the cartoons to look for the real that is never obvious. Cartoons point to something that is very different from the "reality" that we normally see. So do the so-called "reality shows." In the cartoons the victim (mouse) is chased by the evil cat, but always outsmarts him. What we think we see with our eyes is really an illusion. There is far more that meets the eye. Most movies approximate reality according to the way things normally look to us, but this falls far short of how they really are. Colorful animated cartoons don't even try to copy "real reality". They love to break the world's rules. No one ever dies, the classical music plays on, and we all laugh and clap. When I try to see you and you try to see me, we might as well be watching a cartoon. What we see in each other approximates, but falls far short of who we really are. Again, there is far more to each of us than meets the eye. Call it soul or whatever name we want. As I age, I am increasingly aware of this truth. And it is beautiful!