Friday, June 20, 2014

Joking About Serious Matters - The Lesson of Voltaire

By Archimandrite Theophilos Zissopoulous

Voltaire is considered the patriarch of atheists. One day at a dinner table he wanted to say a joke, as many smart people do to show their spiritual emptiness:

"I'm selling my seat in paradise for five franks," he said.

Some present burst out laughing. But one, a faithful Christian, did not lose the opportunity and in a serious style answered:

"Here, sir, one sells something they own. If you can show us that you own a seat in paradise, I'm willing to give my entire estate to buy it."

Voltaire was dumbfounded!

Unfortunately, there are many people that joke about such serious matters, in such an uncanny way.

From the book Όταν θέλης να ξεκουράζεσαι, Α' τόμος (When You Want To Rest, Vol. 1). Translation by John Sanidopoulos.