Wednesday, February 27, 2008

insensate cruelty

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

“Like the pecking-order in a chicken yard. Insensate cruelty to those you can whip and groveling submission to those you can’t. Once having set up her idols and built altars to them it was inevitable that she would worship there. It was inevitable that she should accept any inconsistency and cruelty form her deity as all god worshippers do from theirs. All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stories for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.”


– Zora Neal Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spaghdeity(FSM) does not require you to turn wine into blood and bread into flesh. He does not have commandments. He has "I'd rather you didn'ts". :)

"I’d really rather you didn’t use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don’t require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people."

Angeli said...

but He turns people into midgets. :)

Anonymous said...

A little political correctness in order here. Can we call them 'little people' instead of midgets? :)

Angeli said...

or better yet: "vertically-challenged individuals". :)

 
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