Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year:

I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the security they bring is a choice. It is not a choice between God and atheism or between faith and doubt, but two approaches to life which may or may not include religious answers among the definite and certain things that are affirmed to provide security.

As Tillich says, doubt is inherent in true faith, since there can be no recognition of the ultimate as ultimate without also recognizing oneself as non-ultimate, and thus one’s own perspective and answers as likewise not definitive and all-encompassing.

And since there is a choice to be made, this seems like a good cartoon for the end of one calendar year and the start of a new one. Which way will we turn this year? While there is always a choice, by our nature, once we have gone very far in a direction, we can find it unappealing to turn around and head in the opposite direction, no matter how important or rewarding it may be to do so.

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  • Kristi O. Byrd

    I rarely comment because saying “Great post! Great post!” repeatedly would get boring. Still, great post!

    • James F. McGrath

      I really do appreciate even short comments like that – I can tell from Google statistics which posts are being read, but it doesn’t tell me which ones are helpful or appreciated! :-)

  • LorenHaas

    In the film “What About Bob”, Bill Murray’s character says, “There are two kinds of people in this world; Those that like Neil Diamond and those that don’t.”
    I have seen the divide expressed by this cartoon very clearly. I grew up in churches that only offered right turns, while I am a left turn kind of person. I never fit in. Eventually after being away from church for 30 years and then bumping along in right turn churches I discovered that a Christian faith could turn left as well. I attend a church where left and right turners are both celebrated as brothers and sisters in Christ. Feel like I am at home.