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New blog post on why greed is now closer to godliness than ever


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bubblegumsleaze
Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Religious people have always scared me. I had a conversation with someone once and they commented that they'd like to be a fly on the wall of the afterlife, when all of these "Christians" discover that there is no heaven, or they are barred from it.

People will always find a way to turn the rules to suit their needs, or more accurately their wants. I imagine every one of us does it to some degree but none with such frightening, global consequences as the Christians.

"Christians"

It's such a convenient label. It allows them to justify almost anything in the name of their god.

There's a band I like. They wrote a song a while back called "Fearless Leader" which wasn't exactly a piece of work of any magnitude, but I loved the idea behind it. Part of the lyrics:

"Jesus was a hippie, peace and love were all he was about.
That's why they killed him, cuz that shits something people can't figure out.
Now the ones who worship him are the ones who would have cheered
at the crucifixion.
They've got no conviction, it doesn't matter if the man was fact or fiction..."

And they cover an old old hippie song with the chorus:

"Go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a friend
Do it in the name of Heaven, you can justify it in the end..."

Christians scare me.
eriktrips
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
They scare me too! And having been brought up on the inside, I know what makes them tick and it is not pretty. Christianity is not the opiate of the people here; it's the ammunition.
niyabinghi
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Brilliant entry! Thanks for that.
Is it okay if I link to it, is it a public entry?
eriktrips
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yes please do! I'm always looking for more blog readers. Everything over there is public.
ekh_78
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
It was an interesting post. And it may be analyzed more and wider, capitalism arose in a Europe where the clergy had preached that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.
eriktrips
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes it is a very interesting subject to look into. I am actually trying to study the spread of Christianity in Europe--so far I am stuck on the fall of the Roman empire, because it took so long and had such broad repercussions--but I would like to understand just why Europe proved such fertile ground for Catholicism at first and then Protestantism and then the so-called Enlightenment and the development of capitalism and how all these things rolled up together were exported to America and used in an attempt to exterminate the indigenous populations here. The attempt failed, fortunately, but the myth is that it succeeded. Especially since so many Eastern Native American tribes were sent west, on the East Coast almost no one believes in contemporary Indians. Out west, though, it is rather obvious that they have survived.

Anyway, this might take me the rest of my life. :)
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