A celibate clergy is an especially good idea,
because it tends to suppress any hereditary
propensity toward fanaticism.
-- Carl Sagan
"...freedom is not less endangered if attacked
in the name of anti-Fascism than in that of
The battlefield is also accordingly here --
within ourselves and our institutions."
--Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm
But he's never told a lie in his life.
Well, he's making up for it now.
--Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Sundry addenda to last Sunday's Sermon,"God the Father, God the Son," which pontificated upon George Bush's intention to deliver freedom to man, a gift which he also said God has bestowed upon man. A tautology, or something like that.
First, God does not want you to be free, because then He would not be top dog. It is St. Anslem's ontological argument for the a priori existence of God. God is the greatest being I can imagine; if I can conceive of one better, than that being become God. But there is always a best, which is be definition, God.
You are free to worship either the God of the Marketplace or the God of the Altar, or both, though there may be a conflict for literalists who see serving Mammon and God as contradictory. But worship you must, and this compulsion is not freedom.
Second, how did George Bush become the exegete of scripture for the masses? Did he read The Idiot's Guide to Theology? If Mr. Bush can divine God's will, then it is a mighty weak-willed God.
Last, freedom is not President Bush's to give, nor the military's, nor God's. The impulse to freedom is a spontaneous urge upwelling from the people themselves. Freedom is a phenomenon lived within and against a culture which imposes hierarchies and obedience.
It is not the easiest route to live a life, so it is not always the preferred choice. It is perhaps the unnatural impulse among men, but it is the only system which allows for absolute self-determination.
And it is a lie that the U.S. is in Iraq to gift them with freedom.
--Jim and Lisa