Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What was God thinking. Time nov. 14 2005


Only those who are truly miserable see miracles.

Only those who are truly miserable see miracles.

The second thing is this. You are probably quite right in thinking
that you will never see a miracle done: you are probably equally right
in thinking that there was a natural explanation of anything in your past
life which seemed, at the first glance, to be 'rum' or odd'. God does
not shake miracles into Nature at random as if from a pepper-caster.
They come on great occasions: they are found at the great ganglions
of history—not political or social history, but of that spiritual history
which cannot be fully known by men. If your own life does not happen
to be near one of those great ganglions, how should you expect to
see one? If we were heroic missionaries, apostles, or martyrs, it
would be a different matter. But why you or I? Unless you live near a
railway, you will not see trains go past your windows. How likely is it
that you or I will be present when a peace-treaty is signed, when a
great scientific discovery is made, when a dictator commits suicide?
That we should see a miracle is even less likely. Nor, if we
understand, shall we be anxious to do so. 'Nothing almost sees
miracles but misery'. Miracles and martyrdoms tend to bunch about
the same areas of history—areas we have naturally no wish to
frequent. Do not, I earnestly advise you, demand an ocular proof
unless you are already perfectly certain that it is not forthcoming.

King Lear, Act 2, scene 2
Only those who are truly miserable see miracles.