Groundhog Doesn’t See Shadow?
According to this story on CBS News, ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ didn’t see his
shadow this morning. On Regis and Kelly this morning I saw a live
appearance by ‘Staten Island Chuck’ and his handler who announced that
Chuck also failed to see a shadow. Chuck’s handler also said that he has
been right 22 out of the last 26 years.
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, a mythical sign that an
early spring awaits. More than 15,000 people watched the groundhog
make his prediction as he was pulled from his stump by a new handler.
Exactly how is it that any animal, groundhog or otherwise, going to
communicate whether or not it has seen a shadow? How is that animal
supposed to even know that’s what we want to know?
On the surface of it, this all seems innocent enough. I don’t know just
offhand how the whole tradition of a groundhog seeing a shadow on
February 2nd being an indicator of how soon spring will arrive, but I do
know it’s not just an innocent, fun little game we all play every year.
At the least, this is a plain waste of time. At the worst it’s something
akin to consulting familiar spirits which God has made very clear that
He doesn’t want us doing. If we really want to know if spring is going
to be sooner or later there are two things that we can do… Use the
weather forecasting science that we have in abundance these days, or
(GASP!) we could always actually ask God. After all, He *IS* the
one who sets everything in place in the first place.
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