Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alien homeworld

One of the religious traditions which has held my attention over the years is Gnosticism. It is a slippery phenomenon, but at its heart lies the shock of recognizing that the world made by a single, powerful, benevolent, wise Creator can be, well, nightmarish.

The Military Channel has an investigative program on Cortez' conquest of the Incas. A lot of time spent on detailing the practice of human sacrifice. Spanish records assert that over a four day period, 20 thousand captured soldiers had their hearts cut out on the altars of the temples in the capital. Skeptics have since suggested it was Spanish propaganda. Recreating the situation, the investigators discover that it was indeed quite plausible. Using a flint knife, the priest opened the victim up beneath the sternum --matching all the images we have--and reached in to rip out the beating heart and offer it to heaven. The body was then rolled down the steps, as the next victims ascended these same steps. All in well under two minutes each.

With the required and deeply stupid moral equivalence, a Mexican professor points out that Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed hundreds of thousands in an instant. Oh yeah. Just the same thing. Apparently the heads were cut off for display on skull racks and the bodies were eaten.

But the program asserts that it was the Aztecs' bloodthirsty imperialism against their vassal tribes which finally brought them down. Without the enthusiastic help of so many of these subject peoples, the 300 Spaniards --even with their guns, germs and steel--could never have taken them down alone. Plus, the Aztecs' own religion depicted them living in their final days. They had an ideology that reconciled them to their downfall. (Just as we do.)

Speaking of which, I read about how Scandinavian newspapers pixelate or actually whiten pictures of Africans who are accused of crimes, so that they appear to be a white males. Camp of the Saints, anyone?

And at home, Barry Hussein O and Company are creating a national debt beyond imagination.
Now have in place a massive, really massive, legal framework to control health care. Have decided that insulting allies and bowing (literally) to foes is a foreign policy. Have suddenly discovered the importance of civility in public discourse (except for Teabaggers...and George Bush for 8 years). And I await immigration amnesty to be next. America feels like it is disappearing before my eyes, being undone by alien pod people in charge.

Some days it feels to me nightmarishly like the end of the Roman Empire.


Anonymous said...

RE: "Camp of the Saints," you link to wikipedia, which says of a tidal wave of immigrants in this novel "They have no desire to assimilate into French culture but want the plentiful food and water that are in short supply their native India." Strange thing is, Europe is much more 'over-populated' than India. England, for instance, has twice the population density. The vast subcontinent of India has some environmental drawback, but it has plenty of fertile land and should be starvation-free. It all comes down to culture and organization. The Indians and Pakistanis I know in Canada are not a drain or burden on "the system" (if there are problems with Islamism in some of these populations, this is not genetic but cultural). When Canada scoop'd up a great part of the Indian population expel'd by Idi Amin, this was very much our gain and Uganda's loss.

I remember remarking to a very rightwing conservative at ------ College that surely he would prefer to send his usual list of white middle-class America-haters (e.g. Maryknoll nuns, UCC professors) to the Third Word in exchange for eager hardworking immigrants (however dark their skin may be). No doubt immigration should occur by legal channels, but the spiritual rot in America is not caused by immigrants from India. And without this rot, "radical Islam" would surely be no challenge at all. ...

Anonymous said...

P.S. I bet we could end radical Islam tomorrow by putting out the no-big-deal assumption among all non-Muslims that obviously radical Muslim males are homosexual because they want to cover all womengirls up with tarps in order to have an explanation for why they feel no spontaneous lust for womengirls. Sure, in privacy with their wife they can work up an erection via fantasy and 'saving up' and thereby achieve climax in order to become fathers.

(No offense vis-a-vis your orientation. I just feeel that Muslim males are not ready to be laugh'd at as unconscious homosexuals or ego-dystonic homosexuals.)

Not that we would whip this assumption up into public jeering at radical Muslims, but simply that wherever they went among Christians or Jews or Hindus or secularists they met the benignly amused assumption that radical male Muslims are gay and don't even realize it. If a Western male converts to radical Islam, everyone who knows him should mildly remark, "Ah well, I always thought you were gay." ... And in conclusion I must remark that I really do rather wonder about males who would choose to belong to a religion that would put an end to girlwatching. "You want to go to a male-only beach? Try Fire Island. There's also some beaches that would interest you near Provincetown." ... No need to marvel that Islamists were so offended when a cartoonist suggested Mohammed is a "bear." ... The only females a guy can see outside tarps until he is marry'd is his sisters, his aunts, his mother, his grandmothers? Isn't that a bit warp'd? Unless a guy didn't find that stressful, which would make me wonder about his this-worldly orientation. Really. The possibility that sharia will put all North American womengirls in tarps by 1215 fills me with a kind of panic. And it isn't a gay panic!

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