One day, three tourists view a large mural on the side of a new Town Hall.
The atheist scientist says, “This painting makes no sense at all to me; therefore, it must be objectively irrational and pointless.”
The art lover replies, “But some folks appreciate abstract expressionism, with its multicolored dots, swirls and splotches. It helps promote creativity and innovation.“
The third tourist chuckles, because he knows exactly what it is, due to a web address embedded in the artwork.
When he browsed the web site on his mobile device, he discovered it’s linked to a color blindness support group.
Unlike him, his friends can’t see the URL, because they have normal color vision.
Moreover, the web site asks its patrons to keep this mural disguise a secret, due to a town ordinance prohibiting large advertisements.
They point out that their technique is completely rational, harmless and discreet, minimizing any social stigma and discrimination.
After all, those with normal color vision never need their support services, can’t see the ad and therefore, never complain or take offense over it.
Free targeted advertising has never been so sweet.
The moral of the story is that different people can look at the exact same thing and derive completely different conclusions, based on their personal dispositions.
Rationalists can develop methodologies to differentiate individuals, based on these dispositions—whether it be by a clever support group or God.
The atheist scientist was blind to the URL, blind to the possibility that he was played by a wiser being and blind to the motivation to leave him in his own ignorance.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
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