Thursday, May 28, 2009

Divine Imagination

I don't know what bothers me more about this BBC story: that someone felt the need to look at the inside of the marmite jar lid or that she felt the need to save said lid as a sign that God is thinking about her... and yet continue to feed the jar's contents to her family (I assume marmite jars have lids for a reason*). It's not that I have a problem with people believing that God has a personal interest in their lives—if you pray, there's an assumption that God has some degree of interest in you—but I would hope that we can all agree that leaving abstract images made from smears of food (where, really, they should never be seen at all) is not quite on par with a burning bush, symbolically speaking.

How slow a news day must it have been for the BBC to even cover a story like this?

The best thing to come out of all this is that I now know what marmite is.

*As it turns out, the jar has a lid to prevent the marmite from getting dried out and unspreadable after it has been opened. Should this happen to your marmite, however, it will still be "edible."

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