“What does it mean??” So this guy, “Yosemite Bear,” posted a video recording his, shall we say, observations of a meteorological phenomenon. It got tweeted by a late-night TV talk show host, and the rest (over 8 million views later) is history. People just can’t quite believe anyone could be so excited for three-and-a-half minutes without being high:
Overnight, another Internet sensation was born. Soon, people began remixing the video into numerous parodies. Here’s one that uses auto-tuning:
I love what we can do with computers these days!
Finally, here is a parody that begins, “Okay. Let’s kill this meme dead.”
At this point, you’re either doubling over in laughter, or you’re thoroughly sick of it. Maybe both. My kids roll their eyes at me, but I see spiritual meaning in the innocent joy — yes, even ecstasy — of this video. Jesus said,
I’m telling you, unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.
Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open…
Here’s someone who is living wide-eyed in wonder. He takes it so far, the world thinks he’s either an idiot or high. Heck, he does sound ecstatic, practically orgasmic! This makes me think of Teresa of Ãvila, a Christian mystic of the 16th century still famous today, and portrayed in the following statue. (I cropped to a close-up of her face.)
That statue? It’s called Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. (Funny, the area where I live is named Santa Teresa in her honor.) The expression on her face… does it make you uncomfortable? Does the laughter-turning-to-weeping of the Double Rainbow video make you uncomfortable? (Yes, I just drew a line between Baroque sculpture and YouTube, between Teresa and Yosemite Bear!)
“Double Rainbow” was brought up at a party this past Friday night. (Thanks, you guys, it was fun.) As some heard the over-the-top expressions in the video for the first time one person said, “What does it mean? I’ll tell you: it’s condensation in the air with light shining through, caught at the right angle.” I chuckled, but also pointed an accusing finger and said, “Lack of wonder!”
My friends, let us press in to live wide-eyed in wonder, that we may be filled with the light of the kingdom and enter it like children.
++ You amaze me. ++