Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Canaries and Eclipses


We don’t turn our heads for a robin for the same reason we don’t turn our heads for taupe Toyota Camry's- because they are plain, plentiful and frequently encountered. But, we do turn our heads for canaries.


I looked at the moon this morning. The marvelous crescent illuminated the clouds. But it did not get media coverage because that is not rare.


A small band that runs across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday. The event is rare. Or rare for us- its rarity pronounced by our short lifespans. People are coming from all over the world and paying thousands of dollars to rent houses in the small band.


What’s the big deal? The rarity. I imagine almost no one marveled at the moon this morning even though it was a stupefying demo of the Sun-Earth-Moon dance.


We might wonder, is something rare because it is precious or precious because it is rare?


It seems we are hard-wired to appreciate rarity. If there were as many Eifel Towers as Walgreen’s no one would take their picture in front of them.


We desire to preserve what is rare, from animals to automobiles. We call them precious and treat them so. Perhaps our inclination is from God, who is rare, who wishes to be called precious and treated so.


If God was not rare, if God was a like a robin, we would have no reason to turn our heads. But, God’s singularly makes Him precious and His preciousness makes Him singular.


God is precious for the same reason the Eifel Tower is. God’s value is inestimable for the same reason the Eifel Tower’s is- because God is unique and cannot be reproduced. God is valuable because authentic gods do not abound.


Maybe we are hard-wired to appreciate rarity for good reason. That way we appreciate rare canaries, rare solar eclipses, rare towers and rare the God.