In talking about Milton tonight this passage came to mind:
“Firstly, that God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players (i.e. everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
That’s from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If you’ve never read anything by either author, please do so the first chance you get. Neil’s website is absolutely fantastic. He maintains his own blog that is a constant source of inspiration to this one. Any of his books are genius…pure genius.