deconversion story

The God Filter

The God Filter

Her name was Jae; and she was a sophomore at North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville Arkansas when she passed away at the end of Spring Break in 2004.  I remember Jae as having been this very energetic, compassionate, and charismatic individual with whom I shared many classes, a few smiles and passing conversations, and the mentorship of one influential role model.  Coach Travis Lyda, our advanced placement World History teacher, had just asked us a question the Friday before:

What would you do if you only had one week left to live?

You see, we had reached the era in history known as the Dark Ages, and we were discussing the manner in which various sects of monks dealt with the disease that was ravishing Europe known as The Black Death.  Lyda was contrasting the methods of those who practiced flagellation against those who chose to live life to the fullest; which prompted the question:

What would you do if you only had one week left to live?