God Is Coming!
Kato, do you believe in God?
Diane, how come you ask me such an eternal question?
Am I offending you by any chance, Kato?
No, you’re not. But they say, don’t talk about politics and religion if you get along well with your neighbors.
So, you mind my questioning about God, don’t you?
No, Diane, not at all.
But you seem to avoid answering my question.
Well…, tell you the truth, Diane, I believe in many gods.
I’m talking about God, Kato,—not many gods.
I know, but I enjoy Christmas. I attend the funeral directed by a Buddhist priest as well as marriage ceremonies directed by a Shinto priest. I also cerebrate the New Year’s Day at a Shinto shrine. Therefore, I’d say, I’m multi-religious.
So, you believe in many gods, don’t you?
Yes and no.
What do you mean by that?
I don’t think I really believe in a particular god, but I admit that people believe in their own god. Believing in a god isn’t a bad thing at all. (laughx.gif)
Kato, I don’t think you’re quite serious.
Believe me, Diane, I’m dead serious.
Are you sure? In any road, how come you’ve brought up today’s religious theme—“God is coming!”
A good question, Diane… Last night, I happened to read a short story written by James Herriot.
Oh… what kind of story is that?
It goes like this…
God is Near!
“You know, Mr. Herriot, it will be my turn next.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, tonight Ben has gone and I’m going to be the next one. I just know it.”
“Oh, nonsense! You’re feeling a bit low, that’s all. We all do when something like this happens.”
“I’m not afraid. I know there’s something better waiting for me. I’ve never had any doubts. But I have only one fear.”
“What is it, Miss Stubbs?”
“It’s the dogs and cats, Mr. Herriot. I’m afraid I might never see them when I’m gone which worries me so. You see, I know I’ll be reunited with my parents and brothers, but … but …”
“Well, why not with your animals?”
“That’s just it. They say animals have no souls.”
“Oh, I’ve read it and I know a lot of religious people believe it.”
“Well, I don’t believe it. If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.”
“Oh, I hope you’re right. Sometimes I lie at night thinking about it.”
“I know I’m right, Miss Stubbs, and don’t you argue with me. They teach us vets all about animals’ souls.”
“I’m sorry to bore you with this and I’m not going to talk about it again. But before you go, I want you to be absolutely honest with me. I don’t want reassurance from you–just the truth. I know you are very young but please tell me. What are your beliefs? Will my animals go with me?”
“Miss Stubbs, I’m afraid I’m a bit foggy about all this. But I’m absolutely certain of one thing. Wherever you are going, they are going too.”
“Thank you, Mr. Herriot, I know you are being honest with me. That is what you really believe, isn’t it?”
“I do believe it. With all my heart I believe it.”
Author Profile: James Herriot
Oh, Kato, this is a nice and lovely story.
I know you love this story. That’s why I’ve decided to talk about “God is coming!” today.
So, Miss Stubbs believes in God, doesn’t she?
Yes, of course, she does. Miss Stubbs was bed-ridden. Hanging from the old brass gas bracket on the wall above her head is the following strip of cardboard about eight inches long with plain lettering:
So, Kato, James Herriot is your favorite writer, isn’t he?
You’re telling me, Diane. I love his short pooch stories.
All Creatures Great And Small
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All Creatures Great & Small
Set Visit 1985
World of James Herriot
Oh, Kato, you’re an enthusiastic fan of James Herriot, aren’t you?
Yes, I am.
Miss Stubbs and James Herriot believed in God, but you don’t believe in God, do you?
Diane, you aren’t self-centered nor self-righteous, are you?
No, I’m not self-centered nor self-righteous.
I thought you were open-minded.
Yes, I’m still open-minded.
Yet you’re still asking me such a mind-crashing question, aren’t you?
Kato, you’re over-reacting.
Then why don’t you ask me to take a forest-bathing, instead of asking me about God?
Oh, that’s another thing I’m worried about you, Kato. Don’t confine yourself in the library. Instead, take a stroll in Stanley Park and enjoy forest-bathing.
Diane, focus on the matter in hand. We’re talking about God.
So, Kato, you believe in God or what?
To tell you the truth, Diane, I believe in Providence.
Oh, do you? But what do you mean by Providence?
Last night I watched the stars in the sky.
Oh, did you? What happened?
Nothing seemed to happen. Everything was so quiet and still, but I knew that a traffic cop is working in the whole universe.
Who on Earth is the traffic cop you’re talking about?
That traffic cop is Providence.
Kato, I don’t understand what you’re talking about.
You see, Diane, most of us were sleeping in the middle of night. Nobody seems to suspect that we are actually moving faster than the fastest vehicle on Earth.
World’s Fastest Car 439Km/h!
Are you saying the earth is moving faster than the above car?
Yes, I am.
You must be kidding!
Earth Rotation & Revolution
around a moving Sun
You know what, Diane? … The Earth is travelling around the Sun at a speed of 29.78 km/s—that is, 107,200 km/h!
No kidding! … 107,200 km per hour? That’s 244 times as fast as the fastest car on Earth.
So what’s got to do with Providence?
You see, Diane, the Earth travels at a speed of 107,200 km/h! Yet no traffic accidents have taken place in the universe since the human beings appeared on Earth, where there are so many traffic deaths everyday.
So, you’re saying, there must be a traffic cop in the universe, and this cop is Providence.
You’re telling me, Diane.
Well…, what do you think about a traffic cop in the universe?
Do you believe in this traffic cop?
Here is an interesting clip.
Do you know that the Earth is rotating at about 2.9 miles (4.64 Km) per second?
The Earth is also travelling around the Sun at a speed of 29.78 km/s—that is, 107,200 km/h!
The Sun is travelling around the Milky Way galaxy at a speed of about 142.9 miles (228.6 Km) per second.
And the Milky Way galaxy (and thus the Sun and the Earth) is travelling—relative to other galaxies—at a speed of about 3,728.23 miles (5,965.23 Km) per second.
Amazing, isn’t it?
In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
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Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001st movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』