Belief Without Knowledge

For the summer I’m going back to the series of pieces mythologizing growing up in Cape Breton. Check the Village Stories page http://wp.me/P1RtxU-1fT here for previous pieces in this series posted in July/August 2014

Belief Without Knowledge

for a term project I decided

to explore the legend

of how the moose came from the moon

I went to the cathedral to interview the bishop

he would know

after all there was the golden statue

of the moose at the foot of the cross

but the bishop was not forthcoming

it was considered a secret church doctrine

not to be shared

with those who weren’t of the cloth

those sacred secrets were the heart of faith

one had to accept mystery to experience

the full depth of belief

I would be better off

putting my energy into something more productive

the history of darkness in strip bars

 

I wasn’t going to be put off that easily

everything he told me

made me more curious

what secrets was the church hiding

 

I went to the Bureau of Game and Fisheries

to see what information I could get

all I could find in the files

were instructions for hunting

on gutting and persevering the moose

I asked the agent in charge of the office

if there was more information

on the how the moose

came here from the moon

he stared at me stunned

and asked ‘why what have you heard?’

pale fear crossed his face

‘whatever it is, it isn’t true

those are all false rumours

there is nothing to that story

there was no ufo landings in this area

to take them back to the moon

there has been no attempt to cover that fact up

nothing was found in Atkins’ Lot

to back up those allegations

you better run along son

try to think of something more

appropriate for your term paper

like the history of gutting smelt’

he pushed me out of his office

locked the door

 

puzzled I went home

I asked my Dad about Atkins’ Lot

my Dad paled

‘No son there is nothing to that old story

why do you want to know’

I  explained about my term paper

that it could earn me a scholarship

to study at the Grand Academy

in the big city

‘better ask you mother

what she thinks of that

much as we’d like to see you get ahead

you’ve picked a most dangerous topic

why not do a term paper

on the magic properties of moose blood?’

 

thus started my journey to balance

belief with knowledge

faith without mystery

orangebox

building blocks of faith

In this piece you might sense the influence of TV – particular the X-Files – in the thwarting of an innocent search that then leads to even deeper mysteries. Add a dash of secret church doctrines & things slip from underfoot fast.

purple

knowledge box is a predator

There’s also sense of anyone’s person search for belief in a world that either scoffs at all spiritual notion – that’s so new age, so unsubstantial or belittles the need of the inquisitive mind to want facts before the step into faith can be made.redbag

it’s in the bag?

Did aliens ever land on the Earth? Conspiracies abound about those hidden secret files, files that even the Vatican supposedly has sealed away from eyes too vulnerable to read them. Are moose from the moon – of course they are. To question is heresy, to want to know more is blasphemy. I also get in allusions to the mythology I developed for the village stories, strip bars, the moose, now adding Atkins’ Lot – a not too subtle reference to Salem’s Lot.

soon

September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo

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October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Inner Child Sacrifice

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November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo

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something I can believe in 🙂 

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