“I always liked the idea that America is a big facade. We are all insects crawling across on the shiny hood of a Cadillac. We’re all looking at the wrapping. But we won’t tear the wrapping to see what lies beneath.” –Tom Waits
I’m not sure what to say…I’m writing because I know if I don’t it might be awhile before I do again. That’s the way I roll. Laziness is the “resting-face” of my behavior. I’m okay with that. I’m 40 years old and I’m starting to be comfortable with who I am. I know; better late than never. Not: “I’m more good than bad–so–I can’t be all that bad” comfortable. More like: “good and bad aren’t really quantifiable, but I’m not embarrassed by either–I’m only sorry for the people I’ve hurt” comfortable. I don’t want to hurt people. I don’t really want to not not hurt people either…least-wise not efficaciously.
Truth is, in some cases I do want to do things that might hurt people.
My plan for this post was to draw parallels between The Bible’s Jonah and the weirdo Gastonguay family of Arizona. Have you heard of these folks? They were really tired of–what they viewed as–an overstretch, by the federal U.S. government, into their religious liberties. I know, shocking…generally folks from that region are so level-headed…
They decided the only answer was to board a small sailing vessel and head toward an island in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Hawai’i and Australia. Easy-peezy, as they say. With an 8 month old. Less easy-peezy. And no real plan on how to accomplish this task. God-mode (hehehe: Doom references). They said that they’d: “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us [them]” (I’m pretty sure that they didn’t all decide that)…
They got lost at sea on a boat that was badly beaten, and nearly sunk, by the storms they’d endured(a biblical-plague number)–until some Venezuelans rescued them. Long story short, God led them right back to Arizona with no boat and a $20,000 debt for “travel” costs; which I’m confident they’ll pay because if there’s one thing I know about political conservatives it’s that they always take responsibility for their actions…
They’re planning on leaving again…
Which means they’re just a little more obtuse than Jonah who got the point after being puked up on a shore having spent, somewhere in the neighborhood of, 72 hours in the stomach of a giant whale. Note: If the thought–“It wasn’t a giant whale, it was a big fish”–just crossed your mind, you should realize that that distinction does not make the story sound less crazy.
Are we clear, literalists?
That was my story–poking fun at Arizonan Tea-Party Conservative Evangelicals. Like punching someone in the dark.
But then I realized doing that would probably lead me to areas of my mind where hurtful things are stored. So I decided not to do that. In that spirit: please disregard the bulk of the preceding paragraphs.
I have my own issues with hearing the call of God…whatever that means.
My friend Matt once told me that I was a “yes” guy. He went on to explain that “yes” people say yes to things unless there is an obvious reason to say no. As opposed to “no” people whose “resting-face” answer is no, provided no compelling reason to say yes arises. I’m not sure if that is true about me. I know I felt a certain sense of pride when he said that. So it’s safe to say: I wish it were true.
Maybe that’s just the way God talks to me. Maybe God just throws shit my way, knowing that I always say yes.
I’ve learned over the years that the more I learn about the world and people and God, the less I know about all of them.
I’ve also learned that knowing less isn’t such a big deal. The “knowing” is an artifice to which I’ve grown accustomed, it is nice to look at, but it offers no sheer-strength. It just sits there, hanging off of life, waiting for an earthquake to unleash its potential as a person-crushing pile of rubble…