Halifax Bar Conversation continues
“I only know Hegel through Marx,” I said. “Someday I would like to
“Oh, I wouldn’t waste my time if I were you. He’s dense,” Bruce
responded. “I was on the debate team in school and my professor was a
religious fanatic. The class spent the whole semester debating the
consciousness—divinity thing. I was on the nay-saying side. Those
guys—Hegel, Whitehead, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—if you ask me, were
up a creek without a paddle. If you want to know about God all you
have to do is look through my camera. That’s reality; it’s also my
bread and butter. It doesn’t get any more real than that. Beauty,
guts, and glory, I capture it all, right here, through this lens.
Believe me, in the end, if it’s not in the picture, it doesn’t exist.
The camera doesn’t lie.”
“That’s one way of looking at it, I guess.”
“That’s the only way,” replied Bruce.
“I beg your pardon, you won’t object if I continue to believe in God
“To each his own,” Bruce responded.
“Good—because that’s one thing I can’t do without—even if we don’t
agree,” I said, “even if I’m wrong. I still get to believe whatever I
want. That’s called free will, or don’t you believe in that either?”
“I’ve never seen it in a photograph,” said Bruce.
“Aw, yes you have,” I replied, “its right there in front of you, in
the frame of the photograph. It’s found in the picking and choosing of
the `right’ picture. Photographs tell stories! How could it be
otherwise? Think about it, and then tell me I’m wrong!”
“I never thought about it like that,” Bruce replied. “Maybe I’ll give it some thought?”
“Maybe yes,” I said, “in fact, if I’m wrong than I’m wrong about God
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Bruce responded.
“It means God is woven into everything, into the smallest detail.
It’s all just a moment for God, a divine moment.”
“You’ve got to be kidding,” said Bruce. “That’s stupid. Haven’t you
heard? Time has taken a hit. After Einstein, it was knocked off its
pedestal. Time is relative now. Your divine moment is meaningful only
as a frame of reference. Is your god a frame of reference? If so, God
is absolutely irrelevant because reference frames change with the
observer, or more specifically, with the observer’s momentum!”