In the animated movie Shrek there’s a passage in which the ogre is trying to explain his personality to his Donkey companion – “Ogres are like onions, Donkey, we have layers” and Donkey answers “… aww no one likes onions – they make you cry.Maybe you’re more like a parfait – everyone loves a parfait!” “No, Donkey! not like a parfait – ogres are not like parfaits …”
I don’t pretend to know whether your layers are onion layers or parfait layers or geological strata – but I am pretty certain you, like every person I have ever met and every situation I have ever found myself in, have layers and complexity and subtlety and nuance. I, myself, have layers. Given that we are all more than we seem, why is it that we insist on simplifying the world to the point where we can fit it in a soundbite, a headline or a tweet? Next time you are tempted to oversimplify a person or a situation I invite you to try an experiment – look for the layers!
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Thick ~ Rev. Gail Marriner
How do you know what you know? What kinds of information do you value? In a world that is biased towards things that can be measured and quantified what place do myth, philosophy and the arts have? How might “religious” thinking help us better understand and navigate the world. This service was inspired by Christian Madsbjerg’s new book Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm.
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Consulting Director for Faith Development