Here are a couple of odd signs that have caught my attention over the past couple of days:
Seen on the back of a car in a parking lot.
Short version: No arguments here.
Deeper version: I think this might be a reference to Susan William Smith’s Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. According to one of the reviewers, the book “challenges ordinary people to let God use them for impossible tasks. Such submission requires “crazy faith,” knowing God will bring success even when the task seems impractical and illogical.”
This is one of the many reason why I’m not religious. Tasks that seem impractical and illogical aren’t something in which I want to engage, well, ever. This is a repackaging of the idea that if you believe hard enough, you can make good things happen. This appropriation of the word “crazy” is not cool (I’d like to see the word fall out of use), and just because you admit something is “crazy” doesn’t justify that you’re doing it.
And what happens when Crazy Faithers (hey – that’s not me. They’re owning it, right?) fail at their impossible tasks? Spoilers: They don’t blame God for failing to hold up his end of the bargain; they blame themselves –> I must not have tried/prayed hard enough. God has other plans for me. God didn’t really want me to accomplish that, and now I’ve finally realized that I was focusing on the wrong thing all along. Praise God for opening my eyes!
It also looks like Alison Krauss has a song by the same title; I’m not sure if there’s a relationship between the song and the book.
Orphans – No Fees!
Short version: No fees!? Are they frickin’ puppies? Can you imagine the conversation: “Oh, honey – can bring them home? They’re free!”
Deeper version: Are fees really something that are keeping people from adopting teenagers? And not just one something, but apparently the biggest something since that’s the only factor the sign is focusing on.
I know nothing about adoption practices and policies, and I’m not the target audience for this sign. So if fees really are the big thing that is keeping people from adopting teenagers then I thank the Hennepin County Adoption Program’s marketing department for teaching me something new. However, adopting a child seems like it would be a pretty big commitment that would necessitate a lot of planning. I would think that the fees which are part of the adoption process would be but one small item on the longer list of considerations when one is looking to adopt.
Have any of you adopted? Is this sign less ridiculous and potentially offensive than my initial impression?
And finally, the most awesome sign that I’ve seen this week:
Giant inflatable advertisement for this weekend’s Zombie Pub Crawl on the corner of 35W South and Washington Avenue.
Short version: Duuuuuuuude!
Deeper version: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/2012/