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November 14, 2014


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Nice post.

There's this analogy of the existential pigpen. The pigs are anchors (things that sustain prospects and rain meaning) and distractions (things that occupy your brain, whether TV shows or theology or drugs). The size of the pigpen grows the more "mental time" you have, which is a function both of the raw time you have, plus the amount of mental space you've cleared by resolving questions that vex the lower-level journeymen (which is a function, in turn, of age, mental aptitude, education, etc.).

If your pigpen is bursting with pigs (a fact which is a function of both your pigpen size and the amount of pigs therein, and their size), then you tend to feel satisfied and content. But if there seems to be a lot of empty room -- the product of a generous pigpen with few pigs left -- it can yield existential crisis, like an out-of-control high school senioritis.

It seems to me like God's omnipresence finds a way to occupy all pigpens, no matter how large. He provides copious meaning, purpose, and hope, as well as numerous and challenging avenues to explore. He's the only anchor and distraction (or, to put it in more neutral terms, "mental occupation") supplier that can bear all loads and fill all pens. "Our heart is restless until it rests in you" reminded me of all of this.

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