WNYC RadioLab has done an amazing podcast concerning “JoyBubbles” (AKA: Joe Engressia Jr., 1949 – 2007 ): A boy born blind, abused by Catholic nuns but who climbed out of the damage using an amazing skill to find success in life. BUT, and here is the rub, in the end he rejects his success to return to a higher priority — his inner life and to again embrace childhood.
JoyBubble’s story starts at the 48 minute mark on this podcast. The last few seconds of the podcast is JoyBubbles speaking the following:
“Yeah, there is help. If you’d like an imaginary friend, a bunch of them come that are just looking for someone to love and play with and talk to. And, so all you have to do is any quiet day, just get quiet and ask for one. Know that the kind you like will come and they will be with you as long as you want them and as long as you need them. For a lifetime and beyond.”
Wow! How powerful imaginary friends. How important our childhoods. And how mysterious our inner life. This is a peek into the religious mind, without the theology. Studying the extremes helps us to understand the working parameters of what we consider normal.
See my other posts on invisible friends: