I have a continuing debate with a friend of mine about EQ, IQ and SQ, which, according to him are the three quotients that make up the human condition: Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.
Something like that anyway.
He says I have a very low spirituality level.
How’s my empathy? I ask.
Low, he replies.
You’re an idiot! I shout at him.
You’re a front-brain person, he retorts.
You mean I don’t believe whatever old shit people throw at me?
You need to be more in touch with your spiritual side.
Right, I said. Since you bring up the subject, here’s a picture someone I know took recently. What do you make of that?
Cigarette smoke, he said.
No, I told him. Empty pub. Photographer doesn’t smoke.
Smudge on the filter.
Show me that again, he said. A bit closer.
Ok, I said.
Jesus, he said. That can’t be by accident.
Why not? I asked.
It’s too perfect. That’s a man looking out at you. See? Eyes. Skull. The whole lot. It can’t be an accident.
You know what would worry me? I said.
You’re going to tell me anyway, aren’t you Bock?
I am. What would worry me is this. If some power out there was preventing this particular shape from happening by accident, then I’d be worried. Why shouldn’t it happen by accident?
It’s too perfect.
You mean it’s highly unlikely.
No. It’s impossible.
Why is it impossible? What makes it impossible?
You’re a front-brain person.
You’re an idiot.