Thursday, February 16, 2006

EU, UN To Proscribe Mockery of Bigfoot After "Monkey Suit Murders"

If you think about it, misportraying or laughing at, say, Urantia is like throwing a molotov cocktail of hate into the embassy of someone's heart. Stop a minute and feel. That's a real person at the other end of your "free speech".

But you don't care. That could be because you have never heard of Urantia and therefore assume that they are powerless to find out who you are and burn down your house. It could be because you believe, reasonably enough, that the followers of Urantia would resist the provocation to murder you if word of it should spread. In short, in your ignorance, you don't deign to give Urantia your respect. I can hear you now. You ask, How deeply held could their beliefs be when nothing is burning and no random people are being assaulted? Or the classic, What, are they going to sic the Inquisition on me and put me in some 35th century hAliBUrton Ghraib?

STOP!

Wait a minute, Pig. Who are you to say that the seven superuniverses do not traverse a great ellipse? (If, in your ignorance, you even know enough to deny that.) Chances are you do not have the slightest grasp of the true meaning of Urantia (I'm not saying I do -- it's complex stuff!). Your media only shows you Urantia's worst sides, totally divorced from the context of these living, loving human beings following their faith.

You don't care to find out about it. So when you go to that website you laugh, you mock, and you click away. Maybe you're a newspaper columnist looking for "freaky cults" to write about and you'll use them for cheap laughs in your next column. I bet you won't even try to understand the holy teachings, much less the passion some of your brothers just happen to feel for them.

This is why the Urantians need to seize the respect initiative. The media is populated by very public people who have little respect for religion. But they do demonstrate a deep respect for life, especially their own. The proudly, almost moronically secular mainstream media has shown that they can summon up deep reservoirs of respect for revealed truth almost despite themselves. But that respect needs to be won.

The history of ideas shows that a strongly held belief is always more respected by outsiders and unbelievers when well-used blades protect it from the mockery of the levelheaded. But no psychopathic atmosphere of violence surrounds Urantia; and so, no one respects Urantia.

Admit it. You like to provoke Urantia in its weakness. You long to use the cutting weapon of satire against entire villages of Urantians. To destroy everything that is important to them with your thoughtless artistic depictions of this or that thing they're into. Go ahead and accuse them of the vilest crimes and associate them with known death cults. You swing your big dumb classless fists at their ideas because you know they'll just cringe like a bunch of Christians and hope you go away.

Yes, their numbers are few, too few for mass riots. To win your respect for their beliefs, they need to start with a more low-key approach such as random sniping or the public murder of a leading Scientologist. After a few lessons in the GRAVE SERIOUSNESS with which Urantians hold their spiritual tenets, society will take care never to call into question their belief that Havona natives must achieve certain experiential developments in liaison with evolutionary beings which will create reception capacity for the bestowal of a fragment of the spirit of the Universal Father.

You could avoid all this by taking Urantia seriously today. There's no need to endanger everybody with tasteless, needless acts of impoliteness that turn loving, sane religious people into murderous savages via the reverse alchemy of disrespect. Today or tomorrow, you will show a new deference and modesty. Your heart will open, through love or through violence. It is your choice.

2 comments:

Pietr said...

Urintia?Now that's what I call taking the piss.

Gavin said...

I don't know what you're on about. Urantia is this planet. You ask for respect for the beliefs of "Urantians", i.e. humans on Planet Earth. And you go on about respect for "their" beliefs. Even if by this you mean "readers of the Urantia Book", I don't know how you can talk about "Urantia Book readers' beliefs" as if they're a bunch of rule-following clones.

Go and have a look here under section 8:
http://www.urantia.org/papers/paper101.html

"Belief is always limiting and binding; faith is expanding and releasing. Belief fixates, faith liberates. But living religious faith is more than the association of noble beliefs; it is more than an exalted system of philosophy; it is a living experience concerned with spiritual meanings, divine ideals, and supreme values; it is God-knowing and man-serving. Beliefs may become group possessions, but faith must be personal. Theologic beliefs can be suggested to a group, but faith can rise up only in the heart of the individual religionist."

The Urantia Book, p. 1114