One of my favourite quotes is, sadly, from Star Trek. In the film, Generations, Malcolm McDowell’s character utters the line:
“Normal is what everyone else is and you are not.”
So what is normal? Well, other people:
- Know how to put up tents
- Learn to drive
- Went to scouts/brownies
- Go on holiday every year
- Leave work on time more often than not
- Get married
- Go to restaurants & pubs
- Speak to their friends daily
- Drink tea & beer
- Like sandy beaches
- Exercise regularly
- Go to the theatre
- Like pizza
- Have home broadband access
- Buy houses
- Go to sporting events
- Have job security
- Can do poached eggs
- Are obsessed with Game of Thrones
So what about me? I:
- Put numbers into spreadsheets
- Read books on public transport
The simple life often seems unappealing, but I don’t think I could cope with the clamour of normality.
This is just a very quick post. Those of you know who know me, know that I’ve been working quite hard of late. This has left me rather tired, sleep deprived and writing posts of even less sense than usual (just see below for examples). One other effect this has had is to introduce a wide variety of fairly random thoughts into my head.
For example, I was recently overcome by a sudden desire to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation. This hasn’t been on tv for years, and I think it’s high time it made a comeback on BBC2. Of course, the Q episodes were always the best.
I was also thinking about the nature of revolution. This was partly triggered by watching Che at the weekend, and comparing Che to Jesus. While vastly different in their methodologies, both were revolutionaries in their time, killed while relatively young and were motivated by love. I think love is what distinguishes between a revolutionary and a terrorist, a theme on many people’s minds at the moment.
The other thought I had was on the word “confession,” particularly in terms of liturgical creeds. Now I have never been a fan of liturgy, I still regard it as a poor substitute for thinking. But the nature of having a creed labelled as a confession implies to me that someone is “owning up” and admitting something to be true which hurts their pride. In our modern setting, the word has acquired a legalistic meaning relating to guilt, but this is not what the Christian confessions are about. They are about humility. Nomatter how much we may like to set ourselves up in loco deus, we are children of God. In what is dubbed “Peter’s confession of Christ,” Peter was not making a declaration of something new; he was speaking something true that was already known, but which he had not had the guts to admit out loud before.