Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Thinking Outside the Box

When a contestant on the game show, Family Fortunes, was asked to name an animal that can be seen in the English countryside, she replied: "Lion."

The idea of a lion in the English countryside had me in stitches.

After I'd calmed down I thought to myself: what if the contestant was thinking outside the box?

It is possible that the contestant was seeing through the vision of the English pub, the second home of the English, actually the British. I've noticed lots of pubs have a "lion" in the title like "The Red Lion" or "White Lion." Maybe, she was thinking of going to her local later to celebrate their winning, not that her family had a hope in hell of winning with her answers.

It is also possible that the contestant was seeing through the prophecy of Isaiah who had a vision of humans and "wild" animals co-existing in perfect harmony:

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 11: 6-9

Yes, that must be what the contestant meant by lions in the English countryside; lions playing with sheep and cows in the meadow.

Unless the contestant was thinking about lions in the zoo? Hmmm!

I happen to love lions so I wouldn't mind having them in the English countryside as my playmates when I move to the country.

The problem with thinking outside the box is you are not going to win big with your way of thinking. That's why I don't do game shows.


Related articles: Me and My Fancy Education!; Cat Fight; Your Box is Empty; The Lion Will Sleep with the Sheep