I’m getting a cold. I can feel it. It’s sneaking up on me the way the “Macarena” song does: it gets in when you least expect and just won’t get out. So it seems like the perfect time to talk about Heaven. Although I don’t plan to die from this (I’m not that dramatic), it may be fun to think about who I would talk to first when I’m no longer here.
For argument’s sake, I’ve dismissed the obvious Biblical figures (Jesus, Moses, David and the like) because I can get a glimpse of their thoughts and character right now. I suspect I’ll see them in the hereafter as well and therefore don’t have to wonder too much about what they’ll say. The list I’ve prepared may or may not join me when I go, but it’s worth a short think.
So in no particular order, here are my top three:
#1 Socrates – Dante said he was a virtuous pagan and wrote him as his guide through a literary Hell. I assume if the two are in Heaven they have made up by now and are close poker buddies. This basically assures me of a two-for-one meeting.
#2 Da Vinci – What do you get if you put Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles together? Da Vinci’s understudy. The guy thought up a helicopter, painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and inspired my first epic poem, “The Battle of Anghiari,” as a sophomore in high school. (The last accomplishment may pale in comparison to the others, but it was a pretty big deal to me.)
#3 Chuck Norris – The Boogeyman checks his closet for this guy. (Oh, he’s still alive? I still want to talk to him. But in that case…)
#4 William Shakespeare – C’mon? Did you really write all that? Be honest.
The list is obviously incomplete, but it’s a start. I figure I’ll have plenty of time to get around to the rest, you know, with there being eternity and all.
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