In theater, is what is behind the curtain in a different room from what is in front? Or, rather, does the curtain separate two parts of the same stage? Does all the action occur in one space, or are there two separate sets of action in front of and behind the curtain? *
This is an important question, because our basic sense of the appearance of things in the world is a mystery. What's on the other side of the contours of all that appears before our senses is the overwhelming rush of the depths of Creation, which was not a one time act at some potentially locatable point in the measurably distant past. *
So, we all live in God's theater. We appear on God's stage, and we are living the action of the play. *
This question of the plan of our divine theater, then, is an important one. Popular imagination is dominated by our separation from what we call outer space. This image of divine theater of two separate rooms and sets of action relies on science and technocracy of control that makes it our habitus to cover over our vulnerability and need in the face of the basic mystery inherent in existence. So, what I’m asking is a question of the difference between control and trust.
For fear of inevitable suffering, and to assuage our utter confusion in the face of so many con-fusing contours of daily life that appear before us like ever-moving waves of the sea, do we craft our own image of what goes on behind the horizon or veil of appearances? With this idolatry, we tend towards violence and war. *
On the other hand, do we, in a state of wondrous awe, let go of our grasp on such fantasies and open our hands in trust to receive the fullness of what appears before us, as though from just on the other side of a thin veil we see moving in the wind?
Notably, if you actually sit in a theater, there isn't a "right" or "wrong" answer to this question. Because of the mystery woven into all that appears before us, different people will give different answers to this simple question. The real question is who will be vindicated. What I'm telling you is the reason the curtain in my bedroom is crimson red.
For a fuller treatment of this, see my blog (last pic, link in bio). - 2 hours ago