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Hey, Whatever Works

November 7, 2012

The other night I was watching Woody Allen movies, in particular his film Whatever Works.   It stars Larry David as an old, angry physicist who is fed up with the world.  In the past he tried to commit suicide but failed, leaving him with an awkward limp.  He gets home late one night to find a dull young girl living in his dumpster.  It turns out she’s a homeless runaway.

The movie is one of the best I’ve seen.  He takes her in and it’s hilarity the whole way through.  This impressionable young girl was raised in a very religious home, and she has this bright worldview, going on and on about how wonderful everything is, and how God must have been behind it.   The physicist on the other hand, he has a very bleak, pessimistic perspective, and they make quite a pair.

I loved it when the handsome, romantic young guy starts hitting on the young girl, eventually learning that she’s currently living with this misanthrope physicist.  He tries to convince her that the physicist is a bad influence on her and that she’s, “…mistaking his pessimism for wisdom.”  She tells him, “Well he’s a genius you know, and he’s able to see everything that’s wrong with the world.”  In a way, I think I started falling for her, even if just a little.

Maybe the movie is so special to me because I also grew up in a similar sort of home, very religiously devout, and some of my family members are just like that girl and her parents.  I was never allowed to express any sort of negativity or disapproval of things.  My parents believed in faith and positivity.  There was a lot of that name it and claim it, believe and receive stuff.  God created the universe for his glory, and we need to thank Him each and every day we’re alive.  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever!  It’s a very naive, uncritical frame of mind.

I can’t believe that this world was designed, or that any benevolent force or intelligence is overseeing it.  There’s no evidence to support that position.  In fact, though it’s a bit sad to say, the evidence is contrary to it.  Even so, there’s a great deal to love about the world.  Well, if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know how I view the world.

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