Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ambiguity Breeds Depth
"Number nine... number nine..."
When the Beatles uttered these words on Revolution 9, they added at least a perception (if not a reality) of depth, inherent in their mystery, to the lyrics.
Advertising billboards are banned from being displayed at the Grand Canyon (thank God). You won't even find a sign advertising for the Canyon itself. Just try to imagine a flashing neon sign in front of a lookout at the Canyon reading, "Huge! Enormous! Amazing! The Wonders and Awe of the Grand Canyon!"
Such a sign, besides being a little long, is not only superfluous, but in stating the obvious it undermines the true magnificence of the Canyon.
I used to wonder why God didn't present Himself as a visible man in the sky. Why does He choose to be invisible? Why can't I hear Him like I would hear a friend's voice? Why does God hide?
For the same reason that He forbade the Jews of the Old Testament from creating "graven images" in the form of idols representing His presence.
God shrouds Himself in the veneer of ambiguity because ambiguity breeds depth.
It is His mystery that inspires our imaginations.
The invisibility of God shines...
The silence of God screams....