Sunday, July 4, 2010

'living in this huge beautiful world'

“I can’t bear living in this huge beautiful world,” Mitchell said, gesturing to the rolling green hills and the glittering calm sea, “and not try to imitate it as best I can. That’s the desire and the drive. But it’s maybe closer to hunger or thirst. The only way I can quench it is to try to duplicate it on as huge a scale as I can possibly do. I want to capture that,” he said, turning in a circle on the sand and gesturing beyond the beach and the hills, “all the way around the world and all the way to your home and all the way around and back. I want to do all of that here and transmit it through ink.”
David Mitchell in the New York Times. I love the scale on which he thinks and writes. Everything.

Maybe the cartoon is about the fact that there is a lot in this huge beautiful world that I need to pay more attention to. I mix Jesus' metaphor up (getting caught up with gnats and not dealing with the camels, rather than swallowing them). Of course, I need to pay more attention to justice, mercy, and faithfulness too.

Matthew 23: 23-4: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

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