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Quote-Life of Pi

I am in the midst of reading a novel called, Life of Pi.  One usually would not find me reading novels, as they are not my first choice when it comes to reading.  However, a few of my friends and I went to a bookstore the other day to actually find another book, Nineteen Eighty-four, and they talked me into getting this book instead.  So far, I am glad they have recommended the book to me.

To give you a bit of information before I write the quote down, it is a book about a kid named Pi, who is on a spiritual journey.  He has a great number of conversations with people of different faith backgrounds found in India.  In one of the conversations he says, “Choosing doubt as a philosophy of life is like choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”  

My first reaction was laughter, but then I started to think more about, I realized how this is such a helpful way of putting things.  Some of the people along my journey have chosen this as their philosophy of life.  When I look at where they are in life and what they are doing, it just seems to be somewhat stagnant.  I am in no way saying doubt is bad.  I actually think doubt is a natural and healthy.  But when it becomes the choice in which we use to look at everything, it is then that we see some of the unhealthy ramifications of doubt.  We loose our trust in everything else…other than of course our ability to doubt.  

Maybe a good example of healthy doubt can be seen in the bible with “doubting” Thomas?


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