Thursday, July 28, 2005

Religion, beauty, and creation

Editor's note: it's SSF again.

"To love humanity for God's sake: this remains the noblest and most remote feeling ever attained among men. That the love of human beings, without some kind of hallowed intention behind it, is just one more stupidity and brutishness, that the inclination to this love of humanity must first get its measure, its subtlety, its grains of salt and its specks of ambergris from a higher inclination: whichever person it was who first discovered and 'experienced' these things, however much his tongue may have stumbled as he tried to express such a delicate matter, let him remain for all time holy and venerable among us, as the man who has hitherto flown the highest and has erred the most beautifully!"

-Nietsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 3.60 (trans. SSF)

However much we may disagree about God, the afterlife, the soul, or the purpose of our lives, we can at least agree that religion is very closely bound up with the creation of, and the response to, beauty in the world: without religion, the world would be incomparably uglier. We must always recognize our debt to religion, offering our most heartfelt gratitude for its having provided us with a great number of uplifting, ennobling, and aesthetically powerful images and stories, among which we might especially note the following:

" 75,000,000 years ago, Xenu, the head of the then 20,000,000 million- year-old Galactic Federation used renegades to remove 'people' from the 76 planets of the Federation in order to alleviate overpopulation. These people were frozen, brought to Earth (then called Teegeeack), placed near volcanoes, exploded with H-bombs, subjected to 36 days of picture implants, and then transported to Hawaii or Las Palmas for packaging."

Whoever first discovered and 'experienced' the truth of this story must be admired as the man who has hitherto tripped the most bizarrely and has strayed the furthest from his rocker! (It was this guy, of course.)

10 Added Something:

Anonymous busyMonster quipped...

very well put.
and nicely chuckle-eliciting as well.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger Dirty Dan Sin quipped...

oh...that story kills me almost as much as the one about the wacky carpenter hippie guy with the nail fetish.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Chuy quipped...

We all need our myths, mythos, path and pathos. Each and every one.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:48:00 PM  
Anonymous SuperM quipped...

I know Kathy hates refernces to Tom - but now I think I will buy a free 'Katie' shirt.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 4:35:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

How about a "Save Kathy" shirt?!? Eli is heading for the edge, and I'm sure he's taking me with him.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger hostile17 quipped...

LOL about Eli. I want a "free judy" t-shirt myself

Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:41:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

h17, free judy? she's such a sack of garbarge. how about freeing all the soldiers she helped send to Iraq by publishing lies and "leaks?" She doesn't deserve confidential privileges.

Friday, July 29, 2005 7:34:00 AM  
Anonymous mother of Kathy's special friend quipped...

You're on a roll now. It doesn't matter how crazy a theory is, you'll find someone who believes it. And I say leave Judy in jail until she comes clean. She's no doubt complicit and that's why she won't talk.

mja

Friday, July 29, 2005 7:51:00 AM  
Blogger hostile17 quipped...

maybe so, but this goes beyond her. If journalists are forced to reveal their sources by the courts, how are they supposed to do their jobs correctly? No matter what you think of her as a person, the constitution does guarantee us freedom of the press doesn't it? She doesn't seem very free to me at the moment.

Friday, July 29, 2005 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

h17, don't you get it? she's not a journalist but instead an agent of misinformation!

Monday, August 01, 2005 7:20:00 AM  

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