The Stage Is Too Big…

 ◊  Saint Leo IX, pray for us

It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil—which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.

— Richard Feynman

I agree. Which means that: one, the good Mr. Feynman has too narrow a definition of religion (and concept of God); two, there is more to the meaning of life than we realize; and three, the “stage” is just the right size.

(I would be interested to see the context from which this quote was taken. It seems to be one of those quotes that could go either way, either used by people to demean religion and believers, or used to open the door beyond ones preceived ideas and notions. The latter would be a moment of grace if accepted.)