Sunday, March 19, 2006

Reading material

I'm not sure what the bathroom-wall graffiti is usually like, but around here it tends towards debate on politics and sex. I've discovered a new genre on the second floor of the library: religion.

Penned on a door is "Show me the way, O Lord. Be a light unto my path - I need you now!" The responses vary from correcting the writer's theology ("God is the light, you are the lamp") to advising alternate sources of help ("A good secular novel is much more uplifting"). Myself, I wondered what makes a person choose the door in a women's bathroom in a library as the medium to address a god she evidently views as male? Of all the people I would expect to be in that stall, the Lord is about the last.

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