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Thursday, 03 January 2013


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"The big question remains: will they survive?"

I hope so - I don't fancy the alternative.

There-in, AK, lies a huge debate!


The big question remains: will they survive?

A comment from one of your favorite American cities. I'm not sure if it is optimistic or pessimistic.

"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history."
Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago/
Hank’s Eclectic Meanderings

The old Ten Commandments are pretty good rules - for the plebs. The real rules are:

1) Mankind consists of Them and Us, Us runs the show, Them does as they is told.

2) Us is allowed to steal, cheat, lie, bear false witness and tax oxen, asses, BMWs and anything that is theirs. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.

3) We pinched all the Good Land long long ago, the Wet Horrible Land we mortgage out to Them at top dollar and we take the p*&s royally declaring 'Silly Billys'. Yea verily we never clean out rivers and ditches for the God Green declareth this is good - and cheaper.

4) We keepeth the Priests on side for they understandeth fully the wickedness of the world and the need to keep Them in their place. The Priests playeth ball as they always have and have a rich tithe of privileges, lands and honours for ever and ever amen.

5) We do allow the Good Priests to do their bit in keeping Them in their place which they do verily on Radio 4 at sundry times. For they knoweth the game and do play their part.

6) Sundry cynicals do think this is a wicked system, but someone has to run the show and it might as well be Us.

Crikey, Hank, that Cardinal of yours is very long-sighted priest - or one with an excellent sense of history. And Chicago is my favourite city because if it did not exist I would have to write about Detroit - my dear, simply too, too ...!

Roger, that sounds like Ayn Rand-lite! The problem is that cynicism, even of the witty kind, contains a truth but not, I think, the whole truth.

Ah, you want the "whole truth" now, do you?
Is there such a thing, I wonder?

Ah, 'the truth' that slippery little minx.

I love old churches, synagogues, temples and mosques. Usually beautiful and with characteristic smells and 'feeling'. I love too the human ceremonies of hatch/match/dispatch - very necessary and a valuable contribution to society.

Herein is the rub, SFAIK the whole edifice is a bit of a con - hence poking fun at the priests - but a useful con that I think most people accept but do not totally believe but go along with because it is beautiful and useful.

'The whole truth', I suspect, does exist but we humans will never quite reach it. It is, perhaps, God's little inter-galactic joke that keeps him amused watching us scrabble to understand it!

Roger, you touch upon a notion raised by someone else on whom I reported some time back - can't remember who but you don't expect me to remember all this bilge I slosh about - that in a Godless age we must all pretend that God exists and thus maintain, as well as we can, some sort of moral code.

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