Sunday, December 12, 2010

Which Will

"You can say the sun is shining if you really want to 

I can see the moon and it seems so clear

You can take the road that takes you 
to the stars now

I can take a road that’ll see me through"

Most of the time, when I tell people that I've switched majors, they give me a look kind of like this:

I find myself insufficiently articulate, and can't really explain the why, or what, or how I know it's all going to come together. I feel pretty good about it, but I guess I'm just not really convincing. Turns out I decided to switch majors at the perfect time, since apparently, anthropology isn't a SCIENCE anymore. So dumb. But it's forced me to think a lot the labels we put on ourselves, who we try to be, and what we really want to be. Many times those classifications are not in agreement.

I also listened to last weeks episode of This American Life. Specifically the third act. This act focueses on the narrator,  Elna Baker, and these guys who saw a UFO in Arizona. This was interesting to me because 1) Elna Baker is Mormon and equates gaining a testimony to seeing an alien 2) I am positive that if an alien were to go anywhere, it would be Arizona because I think it has the most unearthly landscape around and I love it.

Elna Baker wrote this book, which was kind of a big deal last year:

Hopefully I will get sometime to read it over the break. I did finally pick up Never Let Me Go from the library.  I'm a few chapters in, and I love it.

I don't want to give to much away, because I want you to listen to it, But Elna talks about the person she wants to be. Now, I don't know her, but I hope that she is trying to become that person. Her companions on the trip want to experience certain things too (see the aliens again), but aren't really doing anything to get there. Ken Peterson is obsessed with aliens, but this trip is the first time he has been back to the site in over 30 years. If you want to get abducted by aliens, I think you would need to be out and about. They never seem to snatch up people while they are sitting around on the computer. Usually they are out in nature and stuff, right?

Anyway, if you want to be something, or experience something, you've got to do all in your power to get there. You won't get a testimony simply thinking about it.

Now you are left to decide...

The great thing is, you get to choose. My old room mate, Bridget, talked about this in our Sunday School class today. We've fought so hard for this agency we have, we shouldn't let it go to waste by avoiding difficult choices and decisions. We are meant to choose, and make mistakes, and fall down, and get up, and back-track, and leap forward, and test things out, and make rash decisions, and then start it all over again. 

"Which Will"

Isn't it grand?

1 comment:

  1. ask me if i just started reading "never let me go" on saturday. just go ahead and ask me.