Me: I have a secret fear that if I ever go to a Quaker thing I will discover that I am one.
Minister Friend: hahahaha no.
Me: what? Why not?
Minister Friend: they believe that out of the void and silence, the Divine speaks. Your process is more... Generative.
Me: I believe that "out of the chaotic wrestling of flaming Cobras, the Divine speaks".
This potentially places me at odds with my religion, which might believe that "out of Roberts’ Rules of Order, the Divine speaks"… (okay, okay, out of democracy. Not Roberts' Rules specifically).
I am not sure out of what, exactly, the divine speaks, to me.
In related news, though IT’S DEFINITELY NOT OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES!!!
According to recent Facebook memories, two years ago I woke up to one of my kids demonstrating the practice of the religion that he invented…
Quotes of the morning (delivered in ultra serene and somewhat patronizing guru voice) include "Of course nobody knows everything--not even *I* know everything", and "I don't need you to show me. I already know how to prayer. I learned from my soul".
It was hilarious, UNTIL I REALIZED WHO HE WAS SUBCONSCIOUSLY IMITATING!!!
Stupidest statement of the morning prize still goes to me, though, for:
"DUDE!! What kind of a religion are you doing if ninety seconds after practicing it you are attacking your brother!"
Runner up prize goes to said brother, who perhaps was punched due to the fact that he was observing said religious practice with a clipboard and pen, declaring that he was using the scientific method to determine if it was effective religion or not.
I found myself thinking of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins and how well that conversation went.
In my experience, the Divine’s voice is less… direct. It is more like it is playing a game of Marco Polo. You know, where the person who’s “it” stands there with their eyes closed and yells “MARCO” and the kids run around giggling and yelling “POLO” and then there is a lot of running and giggling and falling over and smacking into trees?
Using a wildly broad definition of “the divine”, how would you finish the sentence “out of _____ the divine speaks”? Nature? Kids (clearly not mine)? Silence?