There will always by us and “them”.
I am happy that I am not one of “them”…
One of the nice things about staying in hotels outside the United States is that all drawers hotel rooms are available for a guest’s use. No space is taken up by worthless books of ancient mythology that no one wants to read.
I’m happy to be living at this point in human history. There was a time when a person like me was considered witless (some might think that now!) and another period would have seen me suffering from a disease.
I learned this in an article reviewing books books dealing with curiosity. Earlier, idle thought was frowned upon: one was supposed to read the bible. Also, wisdom was defined as common knowledge, not questioning or new having ideas.
I will continue to question, wonder, comment, and criticize. That's much more fun that reading some dumb old book of myths.
Don't you love this guy? Non Sequitur always manages to hit the nail on the head, especially those that need hitting...
There was a rather good article in Vanity Fair ( http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/05/hitchens-201105) about the proliferation of different versions of the bible in various languages. Talk about Chinese Whispers: this is the story of a geometric progression of Lost in Translation. There have been 48 in the United States alone, all claiming to be the true "word of god". If so, it is a case of talking out of multiple sides of his mouth at the same time. In reality, mere mortals have been tinkering.
The article focused on the King James bible, the first translation of the Latin one into English, which took a bit of wind out of the deceiving sails of Roman Catholic martinets and opened the market for different versions. Of course, this book appeared some 1600 years after the guy that helped a teenager win American Idol allegedly roamed the 'hood in Jerusalem and thousands of years after the jolly events in the old part. You can imagine how many well-meaning (irony alert!) scribblers tinkered with the wording and added their own twists.
If there are 48 versions of anything--but especially a bible--then it is because someone has an agenda and wanted to change the content to fit that agenda. If that early L. Ron Hubbard clone were not busy helping teenage singers and Republican presidential hopefuls, the guy could publish his own version and set the record straight, after so many have messed around with "his word". Of course, he would have to promote the bloody thing himself on a grueling book tour, now that Oprah no longer has a show on national television.
Ever notice that the bible has no plot; the two parts have no connection. They are like chocolate and vanilla, the dark and light sides of the moon, Mars and Venus...you name your favorite dichotomy.
If you boil it down to the essential message of each section, the Old Testament says "believe in me", and the New Testament says: "do as I say". No wonder different religions pick and chose the message they want to exploit. The book has something for everyone to use against someone else.