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Haida totem pole, Pitt Rivers Museum

Today, my father and I visited the Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museums. I’ve been there many times before, but it is always good to introduce someone new. Those who have a passion for biology invariably find the thousands of specimens in the Natural History Museum fascinating; those less keen generally appreciate the architecture and a few ‘greatest hits.’ I also brought the mini tripod that I bought on eBay along with me. As such, I have much better photos of the low light areas than I had been able to take previously. Expect to see them cropping up on future days that have been too busy or unlucky to include any good photography.

The day also included a bit of wandering on Cowley Road and Evensong at Magdalen College. I appreciated the bit at the end when there was a prayer for “those who have no faith and thus have no hope,” though I felt a bit slighted by it as well. There are things aside from God in which to have faith, and there is plenty of reason to be hopeless, even if you believe in higher powers. The world is a complex thing, and it rarely accords with our ideals.

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Lee December 3, 2006 at 7:20 pm

The ‘having no hope’ probably refers to hope in the Resurrection and therefore eternal life, rather than hope in general, but your point is well taken.

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