Sunday, 9 October 2011
Friday 14th October 2011 at 9:44 am
Yup, brilliant graphics, uncompromising beliefs, which have their own psychological attraction.
Agreeable? Absolutely not, to me. It’s a relentlessly polarising view of human life and actions, into the saved and the damned, and the vision of the future for the damned is sadistic and detailed.
I find nothing agreeable in the effort to frighten people into accepting a belief. It interests me the way liberal and open-minded non-believers can sometimes seem to miss the social consequences of a belief system that might seem appealing if one is tired of living in doubt, but looked at another way, (and certainly, expressed in this way)is only truly appealing if you agree with it 100%. I don’t find a vision of human actions and morality that relies on “sheep and goats; damned and saved” has any appeal at all.
I guess it would be even more difficult to make as impressive a vid about a kindly and moderate belief system that related to the infinite shadings of human morality and action and didn’t feature fear as a motivator?.
Thursday 13th October 2011 at 2:09 pm
Well, Charles, there is a yearning in me, as in most of us I imagine, for some relationship with the infinite, with the ( to me unknowable) mystery of life and its meaning. Faith sometimes beckons, but the only leap I can personally ever honestly (and only when driven) make is into the void, the abyss which cares not one whit about me. Except that I came from there …. and so I have some kind of relationship with its existence.
For others to find truth about its exact nature in such fine detail is a complete mystery to me. But I am very impressed by the sheer detail and terrifying magnificence of the belief.
Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 5:39 pm
There’s a very agreeable uncompromisingness, isn’t there, James?!
Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 1:29 pm
But, I wonder, how do they know all this? Pretty far out knowledge and detailed beliefs.
But a cracking good marketing tool – the threat of Hell being one which the Christian Church gave up after the first World War. And look what happened to their numbers.
So, who knows? I’ll never look at greenfinches the same way again.
Monday 10th October 2011 at 9:39 am
Thanks Charles, enjoyed that very much!