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.