Saturday, July 1, 2006

A Course In Miracles

Found in comments at Darcey's, and presented for the benefit of Sheik Abu Yousef Riyadh ul-Haq:

"...I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."

-- Theodore Dalyrymple
The introduction is perhaps a bit harsh, but the "Believe it or else" aspect of Islam is undeniable.

To the extent that a personal religion is about the Inverse Golden Rule ("Do not do unto others what you wouldn't want done unto yourself") I would try never to put down its symbols or apply common sense to its rituals or back story. I'm an atheist but I recognize that good values may not be intuitive to everyone and so may need to be passed down in allegorical form to give a common language of natural morality, and goodness and shame, to the believers. It is people's actions, not their beliefs, that matter.

You can listen to "Helter Skelter" over and over again all you like but when it starts telling you to stab Sharon Tate, or murder Weird Al Yankovic for penning "Smelly Sweater", or exterminate Rolling Stones fans, there is something wrong with you and people of good will are obliged to point that out.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

What has any of that got to do with A Course In Miracles?