Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on November 30, 2011 at 6:36am

The smart women are already out of the boxes, up ahead, drinking marguaritas - the men just have to catch up.

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on December 1, 2011 at 2:46pm

OK, I feel like an idiot. I didn't see the other people laying in the box. I thought it was one guy standing in a box, and a ton of empty boxes around him - and I was pretty confused. NOW I see the other people in the box, and I do get it, to an extent. To me it is saying you're "awakening" and "thinking outside the box" (pun intended) as an atheist. The rest of society is happy being sheep, and living within their box, no matter how restrictive (or silly) it is.

 

Of course, that's my interpretation. I could be wrong.

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on December 1, 2011 at 2:56pm

Some of your comments about trying to interpret this photo, trying to see The Matrix and Neo's "waking up" differently, etc. reminded me of a quote from a great movie, Pulp Fiction. The quote is spoken by Jules, who has just had an incident where he "could feel the hand of God". While thinking about this, a young couple - who are idiots - decide to rob the diner where they're sitting. Jules has a gun pointed at one of the idiots, and says this...

 

There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you."

Now... I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You'd be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. See, now I'm thinking: maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here... he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. And I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

 

Man, I love that movie. Tarantino's dialogue is outstanding.

 

Comment by Shelly Anderson on December 3, 2011 at 5:54pm

I think of this more as everyone in this picture being free thinkers but we have to hide our ideas in our separate little boxes because our way of thinking isn't very popular right now and we get hated on a lot. The guy who is looking out of the box is one of the few that has the guts to actually say anything about it. 

Comment by Richard Burton on December 4, 2011 at 2:11am

lol- no women, no ethnic minorities-you can please everybody with one photo!I see the 'man' waking from the dream of theism and looking over the heads of those who are confined in their boxes towards the unknown real mystery on the horizon

Comment by Simon Paynton on December 4, 2011 at 11:34pm

i am no longer bound to the material, the fugitive and transparent. i am free.

Kir, that whole paragraph is just lovely. 

Comment by Daniel on December 9, 2011 at 4:51pm

Btw it seems to be the same guy in all the other boxes. Make of that what you will.

Comment by Gabriela Menicucci on December 10, 2011 at 11:55am

I get a sense of dread from this picture, while all the others are a product, unconscious and unaware of their deplorable condition, which is to bend and try to fit in the "box", our atheist friend has woken up, began to see out of the box, and what he sees is a grey world full of conformist replicas, looks more like a graveyard. What will he do now that he knows in what sort of world we live in?

Comment by Suna Sonen on December 13, 2011 at 11:06am

reminds me Matrix   

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