21.3.07

if

"You mean," said Lucy rather faintly, "that it would have turned out all right - somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?"
"To know what would have happened, child?" said Aslan. "No. Nobody is ever told that."
- C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

Have you ever wondered what might happen if you could hear everything people ever said about you? Or thought that life would be simpler if everyone in it came with an instruction manual? What if you knew what you were going to be when you grew up from gradeschool on? What if the person you were going to marry had a little red heart floating over their head that said "I'm the one!" and light-up maps showed us where we would live and travel?

What if we could know what might have happened if we'd made a phone call to a particular person, or said something differently during a conversation? It might take a lot of the adventure and spontanaeity out of life to know this stuff, and it might save a lot of confusion and embarassment. But what if a book showed up on your doorstep that contained all that information. Would you open it?

Would you really want to know?

2 comments:

channelview said...

For the most part, not knowing is more fun. Also, the mistakes we make because of uncertainty are educational.

When it's important for you to know what would have happened, God has a way of letting you know.

It must be quite annoying to know what everyone thinks. God undoubtedly has to "tune out" a great deal, and since humanity is so bad at letting inconsequential things go, it's a good thing He generally doesn't let people read other people's minds.

Sonnjea B said...

Definitely wouldn't want to know!