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April 9, 2007

This whole thing is unreal. This article should be read in its entirety. Fantastic.

(via Desiring God)

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  1. Slothboy permalink
    April 10, 2007 11:55 am

    I have an idea for a book that I’ve been chewing on for a couple years now. It is based on the concept that we are actively conditioned through our process of growing up, to not see things which we do not expect to see.

    Ask a fourth grader when the moon is out. He’ll probably tell you that the moon is out in the night and the sun is out in the day.

    Ask my two year old when the moon is out and she’ll point to it. Hanging above us in the middle of the afternoon sky, defying logic and everything we are told in gradeschool science. “Moon!” And my brain tries to wrap around the fact that this princess of the evening is staring at me full in the face in the glaring light of the sun… and it looks alien, like something you’d see while standing on Tatooine. It isn’t supposed to be there! So, most of the time we ignore it.

    Same deal. We do not expect a world class violinist to be standing on the corner playing for donations. So we listen for a minute, maybe, and think, “Hm. He’s pretty good.” and then move on. It is only the kids, who have no expectations for street corner musicians, and the people who are trained to recognize skillful playing that will really take notice. Because he isn’t supposed to be there… so he isn’t.

  2. April 10, 2007 12:28 pm

    Interesting point. You’re right. I did think it funny how all the kids noticed, but never really put it together as to why.

    So what would the title of the book be?

  3. Slothboy permalink
    April 10, 2007 2:14 pm

    “Time to die, Bagel Face.”

    Hyuk hyuk hyuk.

    No, actually it’s “The Moon at Noon”

    I have one or two major plot points that I’m not completely satisfied with in my outline. And I also don’t have the time or discipline to actually write it at the moment. So don’t look for it anytime soon.

  4. April 10, 2007 2:23 pm

    2 points for actually spelling out ‘hyuk’ intelligibly.

    I’ll make sure to let Amazon know its coming though. That way people can pre-order.

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