Beckett. Better at chess than Toad. Not hard, though.
Took the Gods for their morning walk and pondered the subject of Divine Intervention. Well, why not?
It seems eight Jesuits survived the Hiroshima bomb in 1945 by what can only be described as a miracle.
Apparently, they were the only survivors in the immediate blast area. God stepped in and suspended the law of physics relating to atomic blasts in their case alone. This being so, what can His reasons have been?
Were they the only Catholics in the area? Were they the only good people in the area? Were they the only deserving people in the area? We will never know for sure. But saved they were.
This seems to me rather quirky behaviour on God's part. It's as if He is playing a game of chess with Himself (well, who else could He play with?) and, finding Himself in a tricky situation, moves the Rook diagonally and checkmates.
Let's suppose an onlooker, Toad, and a dialogue.
TOAD: "You can't make that move, it's against the rules."
GOD: "No it's not. I decide the rules and in this case, moving the Rook diagonally is within the rules.
TOAD: " So I can do that from now on?"
GOD: "No, because if you do, it will be against the rules. I make the rules. They are my rules. I can break them. You can't."
TOAD: But then the game is meaningless."
GOD: "What do you care, Toad? You're an Existentialist. You think everything's meaningless anyway. What difference is there, for you, between everyday meaningless meaninglessness and Divine Intervention meaninglessness?
Anyway, nothing is 'meaningless.' If I say it's meaningful then it's meaningful. No matter how meaningless it seems to other people. Like these floods in Pakistan right now. Worst in history. Full of meaning if you know where to look."
TOAD: "How will I know where to look?"
GOD: "Sorry, can't tell you that. It's against the rules. Catholics only, Jesuits preferably. They know what it all means."
(The above foolishness reminds me that Beckett wrote a play called Endgame. More meaningful than this, no doubt.)
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