While the past few episodes have been less than, I have in the past enjoyed “The Office” and I’d have to put the character “Dwight Shrute” among my favorites. The actor that plays Dwight is Rainn Wilson, and a few weeks ago I learned about a side project that he has undertaken. In an effort to get a widespread dialogue about religion/G(g)od/spirituality/life’s big questions going, he created a website called “Soul Pancake”. I must admit that at first I was excited and quickly became enthralled by this seemingly vast wonderland of cerebral and intellectual interplay, all under the umbrella of spiritual matters. I certainly didn’t expect it to be a “Christian” site, but I do enjoy interacting with those of other beliefs; even though who oppose my beliefs. I guess I consider it a learning experience.
I scanned the pages upon pages of questions, ranging from “Who is God?” to issues of homosexuality, tolerance, origins, evil, Jesus, and a myriad of other questions–all within a forum where anyone can say anything with one simple rule guiding them: “Speak your mind–but don’t hit below the belt” as the site instructs. With excitement I dove in head first.
I read countless questions and discussion starters thoughtfully. I posted comments on many of them, and found others…well…either pointless or simply uninteresting. If I didn’t have anything intellegent to contribute, I wouldn’t contribute anything.
While I certainly admire the endeavor Mr. Wilson has taken on, my nagging question is “What’s the point?” Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the opportunity to read, understand, and respond to those of differing views than mine. I really do. But after a fair portion of time given to the site, I have come back to a conviction that this site has only served to fortify. That is: When everyone is right, no one is right. In other words, there simply isn’t a reconciliation between truth and opposites. The opposing views “There is a God.” and “There isn’t a God.” can’t by definition be true simultaneously. To think for a second that we can lull ourselves into a world where we’re all right, and yet not be completely delusional is a mistake of catastrophic proportions.
And the merry-go-round that the site seems to be brings me to the question, “What do we have against having a point?” The Soul Pancake site is a site worthy of a visit (to those mature and inclined), but its not a good destination if you’re looking for a destination at all. There are no landing strips, no conclusions, no solidity to stand on. Its a sea of opinion where all are respected, all are valid, all are true, and therefore all are ultimately pointless.