In the beginning… the theater was empty. No ticket stubs littered the
floor, no sticky Coca-Cola stains, no smell of popcorn wafting in from
the lobby. Just darkness. And silence. Lots of it. Then, one day, God
said, “let there be light!” Suddenly, a beacon of luminance shone
forth from the projectionist booth and lit up a giant canvas screen.
Next, images began to appear. First a planet resembling earth
surrounded by the word ‘UNIVERSAL’. Then a lonely mountain with a
crown of stars. And finally, a lion wrapped in celluloid billowing
forth a giant roar.
Then the most fascinating images of all: humanity. People doing stuff.
Acting out dramas and adventures, relationships and heartbreak.
Conflict and cohesion. Journeys of the soul. This is the ultimate
film, the ultimate story, the story of life—our life and our
connection to all life that exists. In this theater of existence with
all of our dramas being acted out on one screen, the question I pose
to the reader is: who is sitting in the audience? Continue reading