Out From Under the Umbrella

playing in the rain




What does it mean if you go splat?

I know, I know…it means you went you’re own way.  What if you have no control over the journey, the destination, or the wreckage?  What about when you’re diagnosed with cancer?  What about when your child is diagnosed with cancer or born with a disability?  What about when you lose your job through no fault of your own? What about when the hurricane hits or you’re trapped by a wildfire that burns out of control? What about when you’re born in a third-world country with no resources, no choices, no options?

What about that, huh?


10 thoughts on “Splat!

  1. When you are typing at a keyboard, only 2 things can happen: you can create unsupported blather or not. I concur with your assessment as to what happened in the cited material.


  2. Trite Christian sayings like the one above and “God won’t give you more than what you can handle” suggest a very facile view of the world. Sadly, splats happen all the time in this world.


    • Those kinds of sayings really serve no purpose than to make a person feel a little better…or a little worse, depending on how they look at the world.


  3. Too bad neither option has ever happened. Like, ever. Splats happen all the time.

    Reminds me of the Last Crusade when Jones needed a “leap of faith.” Great scene, but it’s a fantasy.


    • I might have to partially disagree. Yes, splats happen all the time. Agreed. But we have to decide what to do, given we’re not dead when we splat, after the splat. We can wallow in it, or pick ourselves up and fly off.

      I just don’t happen to believe God leads anyone to any cliffs and don’t think he’s there catching us and pushing us back off the cliff again(y’know, so we can fly).


  4. Interestingly, it’s an atheist who proves that one remarkable person can in fact have great deal of control over all three– Stephen Hawking


  5. Well, I don’t think the average believer in that type of God really believes that “splats” don’t happen. Their point is that “splats” needn’t be considered the final chapter. When tragedy strikes we can either be bitter and defeated or we can pick up the pieces and go on. I don’t care for the book of Job and its religious philosophy, but he gives the orthodox view of the matter.

    Rabbi Harold Kushner, who himself lost a young son through sickness, has addressed this issue very well from a more progressive perspective in his book “Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People.”

    Epictetus gave a good Stoic understanding of matters in his Enchiridion:

    “Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses. If short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be His pleasure that you should act a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another.”

    Personally, I lean towards the stoic. However, I’m not unmoved by the thought that “God never closes a door but that He doesn’t open a window.” (With certain clarifications of how “God” is to be understood, of course.)


    • I agree. And I really like DoOrDoNot’s depiction of The Hero’s Journey in her latest post.

      I’m coming to the conclusion that we are, indeed, on a cyclical journey and we, ourselves, are either the hero’s or zero’s in it.

      To paraphrase Arthur Abbott from the film The Holiday, “It’s your life. You should be the leading man/lady of it.”


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