“smashing the persistent illusion”
I love that line. I like lots of lines. I collect them from books and magazines and stories and everywhere. Any place that that I hear or notice a collection of words that captures or communicates a thought or idea in a creative or unique way I try to jot that phrase down. The tag line of this blog is an example of that.
It did not come from a classic novel or academic reading. That line actually comes from the May issue of GQ magazine (2013). The context has Robert Downey Jr being interviewed for the cover story. He’s explaining how most people are really the same and ultimately young actors end up realizing that he’s just another guy.
Here’s his words:
“Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe inspired to be working with me realizes I’m just another schmuck that they’re bored of hanging out with on a set. I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed.” (page 9 of 20 May 2013 GQ)
What a great line!
I read it, loved it, wrote it down. I believe it as well. I believe in the idea of smashing persistent illusions. There are so many that need to be smashed. The world, my faith, the church, life needs more honesty and truth. There’s healing that can come from honesty. Hope that can come truth. And we all need a bit more of both.
You can read it on my info page. I serve as a pastor in a church. The church is full of persistent illusions. Illusions that are smashed every time cancer is diagnosed and marriages crumble. Smashed each time death snatches a life away far too early. I am not interested in silly brick walls posing as faith, nor am I concerned about the false hope of such illusions. Truth reigns, as does my God.
I believe that God seeks good. I believe that God weeps over loss and despises death as much as we do. I believe Christ teaches a way of love, grace, and mercy. I believe in the power of words, especially words placed well.
This blog, I hope, will be a source of word smithing, smashing illusions, genuine hope, and honest humility.