June was Monday Night at the Movies at First Church, First UMC Phoenix. I don’t know if that is what it was called, but that’s how I think of it. The theme was where God was seen (by us) in the movie.
One of the movies we watched was the HBO movie Temple Grandin. The movie was based on the life of Mary Temple Grandin. It is an impressive film about a very impressive person. Temple sees the world differently from most of us and the film made that clear. See could, for example, ‘see’ the heat on her arrival in Phoenix and asked if people actually lived in Phoenix. At times, I can almost see the heat here, in Phoenix, and ask similar questions.
In the movie Temple asked another question that I also identified with. When an animal or person died, she would ask “Where did [he, it] go?” Lots of folks believe they know the answer to that question. Me, I’m not so sure. I read in the Old and New Testaments various answers to the question. I believe the Quran has some answers. Buddhists also have answers, but still I remain skeptical. Oh, it’s easy enough to say “Heaven”, “a better place” or “Paradise”. Really? And, exactly what do those destinations look like? I don’t know. It seems that there are many answers.
Temple ‘sees’ visually in her mind, yet, she cannot see where the life force goes when it departs the body, just as I cannot.
I have played Sudoku online at Sudoku.com.au for several years now. Often members leave brief messages that include a time stamp. On day, I noticed that one of the regulars had solved a really difficult puzzle in less than three minutes. I sent her a message asking how she had managed to solve it so quickly. I thought of her reply while I was watching Temple Grandin. She told me that the puzzles have an option be solved as a jumbled picture puzzle. She is an artist and so solving the puzzles as a jumbled picture puzzle was usually very easy for her.
Hmm, that’s something new.
I wonder if the artist can see where beings go when they die.