Discussions about raising children with or without faith don’t appear often on popular sitcoms, so we’re grateful when it does. On last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, Lily and Marshall had an interesting conversation regarding the book “Enigmas of the Mystical” and how they would raise their child. They might as well have been talking about religion. The clip begins at the 5:19 mark:
Lily: Yeah, those enigmas always seemed a bit thin to me…
Marshall: Thin! Lily, this is 200 pages of detailed accounts about Bigfoot, ghosts, aliens abducting people from their beds and probing them. I’m gonna read it to Baby Eriksen at night night.
Lily: You really want to read our kid bedtime stories about monsters?!
Marshall: First of all, I wouldn’t use the “M” word. Only they can call themselves that. And secondly, are you really saying you don’t want to raise our child as a believer?
Lily: I don’t want to brainwash our child to believe in something with no proof.
Marshall: It’s not about proof! It’s about faith! Faith is what gives life shape and meaning. I mean, if there aren’t Yetis and Leprechauns, what’s the point of even getting up in the morning?
Lily: I don’t know… Wife? Unborn child? Drop a deuce?
Marshall: Lily, don’t you think it’s a bit narcissistic not to allow for something bigger than us out there? Something whose beauty and power and majesty humbles us?
Lily: … God?
(Thanks to Thomas for the link!)