The Cruise Ship of Life

Recently I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and found a pile of rusty pieces of metal on the floor of one of the rooms. It looked like a pile of junk to me, but I overheard another person saying, “How profound! Look at how perfectly arranged those pieces are!” I was mystified that our perceptions of what we were observing could be so different.

I felt like Charlie Brown must have felt when Lucy did some explaining to him. She said, “In the Cruise Ship of Life, some people place their deck chairs to the fore and look at what’s coming, and others place theirs to the aft and look at what’s past. In the Great Cruise Ship of Life, which way is your deck chair facing?”

And Charlie Brown replied, “In the Great Cruise Ship of Life, I’m one of those who can’t get my deck chair unfolded.”

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