That’s what Obama said about Life of Pi.
I finally got around to reading it. And honestly, it’s kind of excellent. Case in point:
There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God, as if Ultimate Reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence, were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, “Business as usual.” But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.
These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart. Meanwhile, the lot of widows and homeless children is very hard, and it is to their defense, not God’s, that the self-righteous should rush.
Only three things have made me question my agnosticism since the day I totally gave up whatever religious and/or spiritual beliefs I still held. They are as follows:
1) The Alchemist
2) The Black Album
3) Life of Pi
To anyone who’s so caught up in their religion that they know nothing of the real world and/or anyone who thinks that the real world is unimportant because existence here is temporary, here’s a sincere piece of communication: Get over yourself.