Monday, February 19, 2007

Lux Ab Nihilo

I was just reading Mike Carey's fantastic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, when it came to me what an apt juxtaposition it is, that levitas and lux should be so similar in English.

For this is the reason that laughter is invincible. In the face of crime, poverty, tyranny, and bad judgement, we must in the end come back to the beginning of things. For God made light of the anarchy of nothingness, and that light of creation is the spark of the Eternal City and the benediction of the Divine.

Humour is a signature of the power of God. It is the wry mockery of human pretense (yes, even of what you are reading right now) that is also found in the last verse of the Book of Jonah, where He laughs sympathetically at Jonah's confusion by throwing in a message on animal rights. It is found when Sarah laughs and He replies.

As it was in the beginning, so it will be at the end. And the unbearable lightness of being will be replaced by the unutterable light of Being.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha no wonder sir laugh so frequently

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 2:05:00 am  
Anonymous Luke said...

I haven't heard much about the Neverwhere adaption. Is it worth diverting resources from my Warren Ellis Fund?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:40:00 am  

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