Some people ask what we believe inside the cube. And the answer is simply that we believe in colourful, happy, random people who are perfect in their imperfection. If pushed we will say that we have faith in a deity – a deity who appreciates our imperfections and works alongside us as we attempt perfection. A deity who has a map of how the rubik cube can be made perfect and sends out one step at a time for us to try and follow. Of course, there are times when we think that the step we have been sent doesn’t make sense, or we think that we have a better plan and so we ignore the step. This normally doesn’t work and we end up having to take a few steps backwards before we can get where we were meant to go again.
I remember a story, along time ago now, in the spring of 2012 that 45% of children didn’t know the Lord’s Prayer compared to 1/10 children back in the 70s. The first thing I liked about this story was the mixture of percentages and fractions. Personally, I would’ve gone all fractions because saying ‘four and a half children’ is a lot more fun than saying 45% of children.
The second thing I thought was good. I’m glad that children are no longer being taught to memorise the Lord’s Prayer. I don’t think it was ever intended to be memorised. Jesus gave it to his followers as an example of how to pray. An example. We don’t teach children to memorise examples, we teach children to apply the general rule demonstrated by the example to their own lives. So when Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer I don’t think he ever meant children or anyone to memorise and recite it in the way that it has been used.
I’m sure that there have been many sermons preached about the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s a good subject to shed some understanding about. The prayer reminds us that God is our father, that his will is done in heaven and reminds us that we should do his will here on earth. We pray for God’s kingdom to be established and we pray for our needs, we ask for forgiveness and we are reminded to forgive others and then we ask for help. It is an excellent example.
Let’s try not to forget excellent examples.
There are some events that people know as soon as they happen that they are going to change the course of history. The sort of events people automatically record where they are; events such as the original moon landing and the more important, second moon landing in 2032; events such as the deaths of famous people. Those events that you know, instinctively, that people are going to ask you ‘Where were you? Where were you when it happened?’
There are other events that just pass you by. No one remembers where they were when in happened. In fact, it takes years of research to pinpoint that one event as the beginning of that particular line of history.
So let me ask you where were you when the NHS died? Do you remember that event? When people ask you, will you even know when it happened?
I suppose its like asking people ‘Where were you when the war began?’ Most people will tell you where they were when they heard of the war, when the war began to affect their lives but where were you when it actually began? Probably doing the same things that you did every day. Probably doing whatever you did today.
Sometimes I meet people who don’t know what a rubik cube is. This makes me feel sad and old. These people obviously weren’t born in the 80s. Saying that, I didn’t have a rubix cube in the 80s. I was very young and didn’t really have the fine motor or cognitive skills to understand a rubik cube. By the time I was old enough to reach out and grasp a rubik cube I was too busy attempting to reach out and grasp Take That tapes. I almost said ‘CDs’ then, but we didn’t have CDs in the early 90s. We had Take That on tape, which was better for the alliteration.
Sometimes I meet people who understand what a rubik cube is but they are unsure why any civilisation would decide to build a rubik cube big enough to create a society inside. These people deserve more of my time than those who can’t even wiki a reference to rubik cube before they ask me the question.
I shall offer you some words of explanation, two words, in fact. ‘Global’ and ‘Warming’. I will extend this two word explanation with some actual words of explanation. We really screwed up the Earth. So, as you will know from your history book, we decided to create bio-domes that would sustain life on the planet.*1
Most of these bio-domes were very dull. This made people sad.*2 And so those of us who thought a bio-dome should be more interesting than just a clear plastic half circle designed and created the Rubik Cube of Mim! There was a debate*3 over whether we should create a completed Rubik Cube or one in a state of disorder and mayhem. We decided on a completed Cube. Not because we were saying that we were perfect or that by living in the Cube we had found perfection but as a statement of intent. A statement of our desire to reach perfect. One day, we would all be completed Rubik Cubes.
*1 There were a number of sci-fi freaks who insisted on building star ships and leaving the planet but most of them got stuck on the moon.
*2 Well, not all people. Just the right amount of people do actually do something about it without it becoming too expensive.
*3 Read ‘argument/fight/all out war’