Pinocchio Complex: Question made to confuse, or befuddle someone.
If Pinocchio says, "My nose will grow now." What happens?
A great Cretan once said; "All Cretans are liars." Is he lying or telling the truth?"
Ok, so this article actually has nothing to do with the Pinocchio Complex---but it is about Pinocchio. I just thought the idea of the Pinocchio paradox was pretty awesome. You can come back and think about it some more when you're done reading...
"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." ~Psalm 95:6-7
I've slowly been reading the story of Pinocchio to the kids over the past couple of months. We're only half way through and it's a wonderful story---but hard to read sometimes as well. Not only is the language translated in sort of an old-fashiony way, (it was written in 1883 in Italian and translated to English in 1892) but the character of Pinocchio is much less likeable than the cute little puppet boy we know from the Disney cartoon.
Pinocchio finds himself rebelling against his father at every turn. The real clincher (so far) comes when Gepetto sells his own coat to buy his son a spelling book so he can go to school. Pinocchio turns around and sells the book so he can attend a puppet show. After reading this part and sneaking a peek at the astonished looks on my kids' faces, I took the time, of course, to point out the sacrifices that good parents make for their children. Even horribly selfish children who break their poor parents' hearts!
Every now and then, Pinocchio's "conscience" will pop up and try to steer him the right direction, but he's pretty good at beating it back down again. I have a feeling that conscience is going to win, though. We just got past the part where the ghost of the conscience tries to reason with him. That "spirit" just won't be defeated! (Maybe it's a Holy Spirit, hmmm???)
Oh, but aren't we all just like that self-centered Pinocchio? Instead of being grateful to our Maker and obeying Him because of His great love for us, we often toss out His precious blessings in favor of our own pursuits.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit who relentlessly attempts to guide us back home to our Father!
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." ~John 16:13
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