is this the street you live on?

is this the street you live on? July 11, 2013
lemming street cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
click on image to see prints of this cartoon

Short answer: Yes!

But you can change your address if you:

  1. Know you can.
  2. Want to.
  3. Find the courage.
  4. Do it.

Let me know your new address.

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  • Chester McMackin

    DAVID :

    I don’t want to move !

    Selfish Interest !.

    Went to PEI for two days last week.

    When I came back, 4 of my neighbors were upset with me, because I did not let them know! Not for snoopy reasons… was because they were concerned that I was OK.

    This happens every now and again, so I promised them that in future I will advise any absences extending beyond a few minutes.That kind of attention negates any thoughts of leaving this address, whilst earthly active.

    Anybody else got neighbors like that ?

    By the way, they are United, Baptist, and Pentecostal faithers…………………………………, but so obviously Christian in the REAL sense.

  • It took me a few hours of thinking about this cartoon before I could make a comment. There are various ways to interpret it and I guess I was having a hard time making my personal connection. There were a few things that caused me some confusion – the meaning of the lemmings jumping over the cliff and whether that should be interpreted as good or bad, who the lemmings were, the inclusion of the atheist symbol among the other religious symbols, and what exactly was the peacock looking symbol on one of the buildings. Anyway, the following is what I read into it. Other people will undoubtedly read different things into it. I view the lemmings as the people who are stepping out of their comfort zone and questioning the religion of their upbringing. The jumping is not a nihilistic or dangerous physical act but a courageous psychological jump to forge ahead in the uncharted territories of self (and spiritual) discovery without the labels of those who never leave their respective buildings.

  • @ Jeff,

    I think the “peacock” symbol is instead a lotus flower and used to represent Buddhism. Well, that is my guess. I think David was simply saying that blindly following leaders, doctrines or groups can have horrible outcomes. David seems the true Skeptic (albeit with a mystical bias)! 🙂

    I laughed at the interpretation to show the jump as courageous. It shows the foible of art, myths and parables — the reader can take them wherever they want to go. They can use the story to match the same opinions they always hold.

    Jesus is reported to have said he spoke in parables to hide the truth. I think that this myth, illustrates the pitfall of myths.

    But your interpretation is fun! Certainly leaving our comfort zone and jumping into the unknown can be incredibly freeing — leaving all our houses of faith, can be renewing.

    BTW, I think those houses could have country flags and political banners and all sorts of other identity hooks and capture a similar meaning — whether it is yours, or David’s.

    @ David,

    Fantastic drawing !!

  • Actually, yes, that is a lotus flower, representing Buddhism. I rarely do this, but what I meant by the cartoon is that all these belief systems or groups are unable to prevent the inevitable. Or perhaps that they built on that street in an attempt to answer the problem but are incapable of doing so.

  • I like art that leaves some things up to the viewer. I now equally see the three interpretations presented so far as to what the cliff means

    – the cliff means everybody’s inevitable eventual death.

    – the cliff represents following leaders to a bad end

    – the cliff represents taking a courageous jump into self discovery

    I’m sure the more conservative religious commenters could come up with another interpretation or two as well.

    I also appreciate the meta understanding that comes from an awareness that multiple interpretations are possible.

  • Keane Sanders

    I notice what looks to be an “atheist” symbol (as much as atheism can have symbols) there.
    That’s an interesting bit of religious privilege–treating a group defined by what the members don’t believe and having no unifying threads outside of that non-belief but that as just another faith group with a unifying tradition.