“Get Pushed 225 – Belief - Inspired by the Novel ‘American Gods’ ” by brett101

“Get Pushed 225 – Belief - Inspired by the Novel ‘American Gods’ ”

My challenge for the Get Pushed 225 Challenge was issued by Wendy @farmreporter; the challenge which she issued for the current Get Pushed 225 was as follows:

“…use this one since you are a writer and poet. Take a line from your favourite book or poem and take a picture to represent it.”

For my get pushed challenge this week I had the opportunity to find a picture which represents an excerpt from a book I’ve read and I choose one from ‘American Gods’ by author Neil Gaiman. It is a long excerpt but it outlines the intent of this photograph – belief.

This is a perspective photo of the United Methodist Church of the Highlands located in Highland Falls, NY. I was taken by the omniscient appearance of the building as it towered on the local hilltop when walking along at street level. It is a beautiful structure from the 1860s built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. The quote (excerpt) for today is lengthy but poignant in terms of my photograph and why I used this photograph for my challenge. [19 November 2016]

“I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Excellent photograph that perfectly fits your choice of literature. Love how you have composed the shot so the spire and the roof line point straight up to the heavens so prominently.
Well done and a FAV!
November 20th, 2016  
Beautiful POV
November 20th, 2016  
Lovely shot! Looks great on black btw. Fav
November 20th, 2016  
Oh my gosh! Photo & excerpt. Fav
November 20th, 2016  
Very cool
November 20th, 2016  
I really like the low pov
November 20th, 2016  
Great POV.
November 20th, 2016  
nice pic and perspective.
November 20th, 2016  
Very cool shot of this very interesting structure... and I like the excerpt you've chosen for it (or vice versa)!
November 20th, 2016  
Fabulous pov and composition, love it.
November 20th, 2016  
Wonderful pov
November 20th, 2016  
Superb pov and quote!
November 20th, 2016  
great pov and crop
November 20th, 2016  
@theboxmanreturns @dyanstevens @joansmor @jodies @kerosene @stillmoments33 @terrinorthwind @helenm2016 @dawnee @365projectorgjenfurj @linjoyce @shylaine3304 @farmreporter - Thank you all very, very much! I honestly appreciate all of you views, comments and favs!! Thanks!
November 20th, 2016  
Your POV is perfect for Mr. Gaiman's wonderful words. Fav.
November 21st, 2016  
Lovely pov and comp!

We're get pushed partners this week... I see that you like to include quotes with your images, and that you often use an image as a springboard foe a story... the sense. I have us that you take the image and then seek out a quote that works...

for your challenge this coming week, how about turning things about and starting with the quote, and shootsomething to go along with the line from Yeats poem "the Second Coming": "things fall apart; the centre cannot hold"...

Or... this line from Service's poem called "the cremation of Sam McGee": "there are strange things done in the midnight sun...."

Hopefully one of these will work for you... pls let me know if not and I will come up with something else...
November 21st, 2016  
I really like the angle you have taken here, and the persepctive.
November 21st, 2016  
@northy - Thanks Northy, challenge accepted! We just got back home and are getting settled from a quick overnight so I will send you your challenge tomorrow. Always appreciate this challenge!

@wag864 - Thanks Kas, always appreciate the positives!

@joysabin - Thank you very much, I thought they fit very well albeit a bit lengthy.
November 22nd, 2016  
great - looking forward to it! (and yikes - how many typos did i manage to squeeze into that comment?!!??)
November 22nd, 2016  
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