Putting out Fires
I was in a tiny chapel. In a room with Mary and a little two-inch Jesus on a cross, and a fire hydrant on the floor. And I wondered which object was most sacred. They all put out fires in their various capacities. And I said to Jesus, You look silly up there on that cross. And I said to Mary, I like you and all, but you look silly too. And then I looked at the fire hydrant, who looked the least silly of all. And I thought about how it might be more sensible to carry around one of those than a Mary or a Jesus. And I guess people sometimes do, but they don’t call it religion, even though it protects what is most sacred as far as objects are concerned – themselves. Is this a promotion for fire hydrants? I can’t remember.