A film that had quite a profound effect upon my attempts to rationalise the way God and life relate is ‘Awakenings’.
In this film, Robin Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayers in what must be Robin’s most dramatic role ever.
The film centres upon a group of patients who are in comas as a result of a particular disease. Dr. Sayers develops a process by which these people seem to achieve remarkable recoveries and live normal lives for several months. The effect of the treatmemt, however, is only temporary, and the patients revert to their comatose states – each of them berating Dr. Sayers for tormenting them with a taste of what they are about to lose again.
This is very much like one of my theories of life.
Like the patients in the film, mankind is in a state of non-existence for an infinite amount of time and is then shown, by being born, what could be if it could be alive. While sharing the living experience, mankind also knows that it must revert to the state of non-existence for another infinite amount of time. The big difference is that we don’t berate God for showing us what life could be. Instead, we pray to Him that our death will only be the stepping stone to an infinite time of life. Those who have no belief in God can be much more sanguine about their ultimate demise, but I wonder if they are equally resigned.
On a cosmic scale, mankind will not make sufficient impression to show that it ever existed.
Is that part of God’s great plan, I wonder?