Trying to Get the Rocks to Talk

When God called Moses up the mountain to give him the Law, the Israelites were so afraid of the holiness of God that they asked Him not to talk to them directly again. God heard their prayers.

Now the entire non-human world is silent. We told God, like we tell a child who is annoying us, to shut up and go to his room. He heard our prayer. After these many centuries, we are bored and fitful with the unrelieved pattern of human speech. Even our scientists, who earlier seemed to be the most determined of all to confine speech to the human, are trying to teach chimpanzees to talk, decipher the language of whales, and listen for messages from some distant star (Peterson, 1993).

The Galapagos Island is a representation of the sad plight of the human race. There, Darwin was trying to find meaning from non-talking creatures. He tried to study the process of evolution, to unravel the biological story of the human race, to understand who we are. Man tried to silence the voice of God. Now man is desperate for stones to talk, if only to break the monotony of human voices that never seem to stop. How we need the voice of the divine.