It has been said about those who serve in the military that there are no atheists in fox holes. In other words, when things get really tough everyone is a believer.
We know that isn’t true.
In the dramatic documentary film Touching the Void, mountain climber Joe Simpson falls into a crevasse and is left for dead. Interviewed about what went through his mind at the time, he said:
“I was brought up as a devout Catholic. I had long since stopped believing in God. I always wondered if things really hit the fan, whether I would under pressure turn around and say a few Hail Marys and say get me out of here. It never once occurred to me…”
It wasn’t a fox hole. But it was pretty darn close.
I post this today since it is Memorial Day in the USA. My grandfather, my father-in-law, and my uncle all served their countries.