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The Wonder of Arnold

March 9, 2013

I don’t know how it came to mind, but it’s the sort of thing that makes you stop for a moment, and reflect on the wondrous strangeness of the world and the fates it hands out.

In the 1960’s a teenage boy from a small town in Austria, the son of a ex-Nazi policeman, decided to devote himself to becoming a professional bodybuilder (a ‘sport’ that by itself testifies to the grotesque and wayward generosity of reality). This led him, by a peculiar but fairly direct path, stopping along the way to playact as a barbarian, a robot, and a kindergarten cop, to become the governor of the state of California.

Were I a more godly man I might be moved to fall down on my knees and shout out to the heavens: ‘Yea, God is Great, His Ways Mysterious, His Creation Vast and Unfathomable.”

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