By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Niagara Falls and Life

I write these thoughts after spending a day watching the torrential, unbelievable force of nature that are these greatest of waterfalls. They are beautiful as you see massive columns of water pour over the edge of a cliff, turning bright blue-green as the columns flow over the edge and descend. They never stop. We see a continuous, constant, massively powerful but graceful descent, elegant in its beauty.

People come from everywhere on the globe to take it all in. There is a healing and calming effect to see such an overwhelming, perpetual combination of power and beauty.

Our own lives are part of that constant movement, as each generation follows another and is in turn replaced. As I showed my kids the falls, we enacted a pilgrimage to a holy place bespeaking the power of the deity, the source of all life. I know many others see no need to invoke the deity, yet also feel struck by the beauty and majesty of the falls. Our intuitions differ.

In the falls, we see the transient nature of our human lives: how they are constantly passing away. Yet, in that passing away, I see vibrant life, beauty, grace, elegance, meaning, and purpose. That is why my intuition differs from that of my atheist friends. No matter all the evil and mistakes of this world--the falls remain, life endures with its truth, goodness, and beauty, fused into one. No evil can defeat the falls. No evil can defeat the goodness of life. The crashing, continual descent of the falls drowns out the evils present in nature and the evils we choose to impose on nature. The falls with their soft, constant roar marginalize evil and stupidity. The falls persist in spite of everything that is wrong. It is as if the falls are continuously baptizing the world. The idiots who bring so much evil into the world have lost.

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