My good friend Billy observed that if you make those little quote marks with your fingers, it instantly makes whatever your saying seem dirty, like a euphanism for sex.
Try this: in the middle of a conversation, do the quote mark thing around the most harmless and innocent words you can imagine. It instantly makes it seem like you’ve got an extremely R-rated something you’re alluding to.
Consider: “I’m going to (quote marks) drink some lemonade”
or “Let’s go (quote marks) to the yard sale.”
or “I like (quote marks) mushrooms on my pizza”
I had a paralell, though less funny realization. We were at the top of an actual mountain. And no matter what we said, about it, it seemed like we were making some sort of deeply symbolic commentary on the nature of reality.
“Did you ever notice how tiring it, right before you get to the top of the mountain?”
“There sure aren’t many leaves on the path up the mountain.”
“It’s easier going down the mountain than up it.”
They were all meant quite literally. I’m not even sure what they’d mean symbolically. Of course there are countless more. So that’s all I’ve got tonight. No theological insights. No praise of community. No intense moments of self-realization or attempts to share mystical experiences. Just how to make things seem dirty or deep.