I’ve just seen today’s prompt from The Daily Post.
“In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.”
I choose to become the Patron Saint of Random Information.
If you put a toilet, a dog-eared encyclopaedia and a small child picking his nose at three points of a triangle, my mind would be the epicentre of the triangle. I am always, fascinated by knowledge the more strange and useless that knowledge is the more of interest it is to me.
Three hundred years into the future is a long time, effectively about nine or ten generations of Jim into the future and three centuries more useless information flowing around out there. It needs to be harnessed lest it be forgotten, and knowing that at one point people used to blow smoke up people’s bottoms as a cure for drowning should never be forgotten, nor how there was once an occupation called Keeper of the Kings Stool, and no we’re not talking about chairs here.
I could sit with Thomas Aquinas (Patron Saint of Universities) and St Jerome (Patron Saint of Librarians), and as I divulged the interesting but normally quite useless information they would be equal parts amazed and bored.
It’s worth remembering that by the time I become a saint, I will have been dead for at least 200 years so apart from the odd appearance on pieces of toast or ink blots I won’t be able to interact with or influence the world or my follow knowledge-gatherers. So before I die I am going to have to make sure that I’ve left enough curious titbits of information secreted away for people to find.
There is one small teeny, tiny downside. I don’t think they’ll let an atheist become a patron saint. I might have to become the Patron Saint of Atheists, although I think that’s an oxymoron.
So who, what or where would you like to be the Patron Saint of?
- My Prompt of today: The Great New Look (angloswiss-chronicles.com)
- Daily Prompt: Favourite (sukiesoriginal.wordpress.com)