Sorry for the mildly prolonged absence. Marty's been busy.
Marty would like to allude to one of his favourite movies – and an interesting conversation contained therein. Marty thinks he may have posted on this before, but he'd like to again.
It's from the movie 'Into Great Silence' and is a conversation (about the only one in the movie!) between some of the monks. They discuss the symbolic washing of hands before they enter the refectory for lunch (it is rare for Carthusians to eat in common). Here it is:
Monk 1: ‘In Selignac, they have not been washing their hands before the Refectory for 20 years now. Do you think we should stop washing our hands?’
Monk 2: ‘No, but it wouldn’t be a big deal to get rid of something useless.’
Monk 3: ‘Our entire life, the whole liturgy and everything ceremonial are symbols. If you abolish the symbols, then you tear down the walls of your own house. When we abolish the signs, we lose our orientation. Instead, we should search for their meaning…one should unfold the core of the symbols. The signs are not to be questioned, we are. The error is not to be found in handwashing, the error is in our mind.‘
To Marty, that is one of the best comments he's seen in a while…
The signs are not to be questioned, we are.