Thursday, May 29, 2008
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them - Umberto Eco
I am not going to get into a religion bashing session here. It's incredible the responses to the blog as soon as religion is mentioned. I love this quote from the author of a really great book called 'The name of the Rose' though. One thing I do need to mention is how religion shifts so much over time so that what was once seen as a necessary doctrine is the past, is now seen as incredibly barbaric and evil. Bash!The Spanish Conquistadors that pulled into South America with the representatives of the church and King made it pretty simple to the locals. Simply say you believe in our God and we shall grant you the luxury of living on a little. If you don't take our guy on board we kill you now - and they did.Bash! Hundreds of thousands of them. Bash!And took their gold of course. Bash!
The thing is, those Inca's were not much better in the wily-nilly-killing stakes. Their religious zealots would sacrifice just as many over the years in the hope that cutting a slave or young womens heart out would make their big guy happy and they could then relax and enjoy the good life.Bash!
Of course today religion is very different. You don't see a priest next to his Sunday pulpit calling up the young girls in the crowd to lie down for a bit on his alter while he whips their hearts out. How could he, that would be evil. He warns against such behaviour and many others and gives you guidance on how to live your life. Besides , they seem to like little boys more these days anyway. Bash!