Pinocchio and Jiminy Crickets
When I was a little boy I was given an illustrated book, my favorite, about Pinocchio. Written in 1883 by Cario Collodi and popularized by Walt Disney it is a satisfying allegory of life. Ranking with the Wizard of Oz or The Book of Jonah as lessons to digest and implement. Of course the stories are colorful and remain for a lifetime but one has to be old to fully as possible digest the allegory and listen to the ghost of the cricket (Il Grillo Parlante} to implement the lessons of Pinocchio. Whether the Wizard of Oz, or the ghost of Jiminy Crickets, (Jesus Christ coded) or God could teach and reach in all these needful somewhat humans is a question fulfilled in Pinocchio and the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow but not in Jonah. He remains too human. Of course that is the point of that allegory. There is not a winner every time. Our self righteousness doesn't always allow us to listen. When Richard gave yesterday's sermon he noted that God had changed his mind and forgave the sins of Ninevah. He didn't mention that Jonah was pissed off with God because he had been sent to confront them and God forgave them. I suppose always wanting retribution is only too human but it seems the sin of the self righteous. God, Wizard and Jiminy Crickets forgive me and protect me if I'm too human.
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