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Friday, September 09, 2005


I've always like curved lines.

I've always been drawn by fables, allegories, parables.

I don't know why it took me so long to see the connection.

par·a·bol·ic - (adj.)

1: resembling or expressed by parables
2: having the form of a parabola

Although I often trace the history of words, it never crossed my mind until this week -- "parable" and "parabola" have the same root!

When I see something out of the corner of my "mind's eye" like that, it begins to nag at me on some deep, semi-aware level. What do parables and parabolas have in common? Why do I enjoy them both so much? The questions kept pulling me back.

I think I've reached a conclusion...at least one that will satisfy my curiosity for now. Both are very effective ways to "sneak up" on a target!

If I run at you full-tilt, you'll probably see me coming and dodge out of the way. Then, I have to run at you again. If I want to get through the gates of your fortress, it will probably take me repeated charges with my battering ram. In other words, not very time- or energy-efficient.

However.... If I use the parabolic concept, I can easily lob a water balloon that lands on your head. Or, I can compromise the safety of your fortress by using a catapult to deliver a well-placed rock, flaming bundle, or cow!

How does that compare with a parable? If I preach and pronounce and denounce, it's often easy to duck out of the way of truth. To put up defenses.

But suppose I tell you a story....

Once upon a time, a storyteller spun an enchanting tale. Her listeners sat entranced. They laughed. They cried. They followed the intriguing arc of the storyline. As they sat, fascinated, watching and listening, a projectile of truth hit them squarely in the head or the heart. They never saw it coming.

So I guess you could say that when it comes to communicating truth, my methods are sometimes downright "parabolical"! Mwahahahaha!


Mark O. Wilson said...

Thanks for posting on my blog. Cathy knows your family -- I've met your folks too. We went to school with Julia. Cathy remembers that our weddings are just about the same time -- Julia's on Aug 14, and ours is Aug 28.

Cathy also said she met a Tiffany (sp?) when she was up at Sussex last November -- and she had recently been married.

So -- it is, indeed, a small world.
What is your last name?

Tony Myles said...

That story reminds me of a story...

Mark O. Wilson said...

Parabolical -- That's the Jesus Method of communication.

Not "expository" -- but "exposi-story!"

Cathy says she remembers your hubby from Elk Grove days!

I unlocked Hannah's blog so you can post a comment

Gord said...

that's brilliant. thanks for helping me make the connection.

Anonymous said...

What about parabolic as in http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/parabola.html - A parabola is a curve where any point is at an equal distance froma fixed point (the focus), and a fixed straight line (the directrix) - versus parabolic communication of meaning?