Monday, August 09, 2004


Are you familiar with Google the internet search engine? Maybe you will enjoy this poem about Google.


He eases into the barber’s chair, closes his eyes,
relaxes as the lather warms his face, remembers
what it was like before they found out he knew . . . everything

His associates had always been impressed that he read
a dozen papers and a chapter of Dickens before breakfast,
remembered their birthday and preferences for coffee,

could announce the heat index in Tehran and the latest numbers
of the Nikkei Exchange, the whereabouts of Jane Goodall
and all the positions for G7alt on the guitar,

but it wasn’t until he let slip that this was only
results 1-10 of about 63,000 in .17 seconds
that they began to imagine his commercial possibilities.

He remembers signing the contract, watching them build the tower,
the miles of petitioners hiking switchbacks up the mountain,
the ceaseless Post-its, his fingers aching

from hours of scribbling, head pounding with another inquiry
about the Kennedys, a recipe for chocolate cream pie,
the weight of the pope’s hat, where to buy Ginsu knives.

He returns from his shave to find 2.3 million
“while you were out” messages obscuring his door,
straightens his multicolord tie, notices

his reflection in the window: the smartest man on earth,
the wonders of the world at his fingertips,
a name on his desk that suggests infinity

and the babbling of an infant.

– Scott Moncrieff
(taken from the Christian Century, May 18, 2004)

I may share some of my thoughts about this poem later in the week.


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Brady Bryce said...

Google, the "cadillac" of internet search engines, went public and offered stock for the first time a few weeks ago. I thought this poem was thoughtful. How many good things (hamburgers, department stories and Jesus) lost their soul (and their taste) when they were mass marketed?

How much information is too much information? At some point the mere possession of information makes no difference. It is like subscribing to a magazine that you never read. Owning books that are unopenned. Information inflates the ego. Living out faith in the real world DOES make a difference. If you want to mass market faith, then let Jesus live in your life everyday. Take your faith and share life and faith and doubt with one other person. The results are astounding.