Sunday, December 17, 2017
“What oligarchs are to democracy, protestants are to Christianity.”
-paraphrased from a friend.
A friend of mine made a point in defending christianity that the deranged version of Christianity now popular in America is the bastard offspring of protestantism -which is humanism/mercantilism masquerading as “spirituality”.
His point went,
Oligarchs (aka, merchants) tell us that we should be allowed to have a say in how government is run, aka democracy, which in practice means the oligarchs actually rule via the influence they can buy by bribing politicians, owning media (propaganda) machines and controlling courts -by having their politicians appoint their picks for judges.
Democracy de-facto allows oligarchs to rule.
Protestant ministers function the same way as oligarchs. They tell us all we need is the bible and that we are all able to read and understand it ourselves. Even the Holy Ghost will help us out.
In reality, every single protestant minister nurtures a cult of personality that empowers and enriches them. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
What are Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Albert Mohler, et al if not religious oligarchs?
They are de-facto religious leaders but I’ll be damned if I can find evidence of a heavenly dove descending down upon them from above and personally anointing them.
What I do see is that their status is solely social/political. Their leadership position is via running successful businesses, aka churches -having the right contacts and kissing the right asses and not offending the wrong people.
As I’ve said before, Protestants are the most prolific writers among all religious types. Which is strange because they simultaneously insist that all we need is the bible.
All we need is the bible?
And their universities.
And their seminaries.
And their magazines.
And their books.
And their articles.
And their lecture series.
And their radio programs.
And their debate series.
And their exegesis works, vol 1-50.
And their podcasts.
Etc, ad infintium.
Protestants are absolutely obsessed with controlling how people read and understand the bible.
Which means that sola Scriptura has, in practice, meant the ascendancy of religious oligarchs.
Mega churches are just one overt symptom of that reality.
Where platitudes rain down freely, deception and self-delusion flourish in abundance.
Democracy and Bible Alone both massage the ego of the individual.
Friday, December 15, 2017
It’s interesting that the pop stars that express the most concern for propaganda and political use of image are the ones most likely to cultivate cults of personality.
Consider a couple of equally terrible 80's bands :Motley Crue and U2. Yeah, yeah I know they each have their sycophants who insist they were great. But let’s be honest here, both groups had comically terrible guitarists and bass players and both groups had lead singers who sounded like a cow being strangled to death.
The Motley Crue drummer was okay while the U2 drummer apparently only had a snare drum!
Motely Crue were KISS wannabes. Lots up makeup. Ridiculous clothes. Lots of fireworks, dry ice and lasers. You might call them ‘image conscience’.
U2 were, supposedly, the opposite. They were Joy Division wannabes. Yes, they too aspired to be a big arena rock band, but they were more “serious”, you see. Their 80's stages were bare-bones and they eschewed over the top stage show effects, though they did wear mullets loud and proud.
Motely Crue sang about partying.
U2 sung about causes.
Motely Crue’s image screamed “look at me!”
U2's image screamed, “think about the children!”
Which of these bands cultivated a Stalinesque cult of personality through the media?
Which band posed for the press in Africa with starving kids?
Who had the messianic complex? Motley Crue’s lead singer, Vince Neil? Or U2's lead singer, Bono?
Again, which one actively cultivated an image of wannabe-savior?
Take a look at those old propaganda posters of Stalin or Mao and then take a look at magazine and newspaper periodicals/profiles of pop stars who are “activists”.
Pop stars are pop stars because the media and press give them that status...and their image.
Think for a moment: In the absence of media propaganda there are neither dictators nor democracies.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Imagine a man telling everyone he meets that he got his ass kicked at a bar last weekend.
Is this really something to boast about?
Would he not be heaping shame upon himself and his family?
Yes, he would.
There is another word for victim........loser.
This “praise the loser” evolutionary cul-de-sac goes right back to Jesus Christ.
He’s the guy who’s sole claim to fame is that he shit his pants and went to his death like a neutered f*@king puppy.
And then his followers went around telling everybody about it!
“Hey everybody! Our god was ass-raped by Roman soldiers and then put to death on a stick, in public!”
“Oh, but he came back to life. Sure, it’s perverted and unnatural to come back from the dead, but he came back anyway. But yeah, he did get the ever loving shit beat out of him by some dudes before that."
See that’s the thing with being a victim. Once it’s done it can’t be undone. It’s forever.
“Justice” is a jello-y concept in the first place. But justice is also something that tends to come after the fact.
“Justice” can not undo the act. In fact, it only memorializes the shame.
If you can’t take care of yourself, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.
Oh, and Happy Yule!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
There’s nothing cultural critics fear more than sincerity.
Ever notice that?
The gatekeepers of cultural dissemination mock that which, “takes itself too seriously”.
Irony, they adore.
Sincerity? That’s “mawkish” or “kitsch” or “Cheesy”.
And of course the irony they like to propagandize for is of the most vile, disgusting, dehumanizing sort.
Why is that?
What is gained from this, other than societal debasement and breakdown?
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
It’s a temptation we can all fall into, but be careful not to go tumbling down rabbit holes in search of the ultimate cause of this, that or the other.
In other words, the hunt for the origin of things is an exercise in futility.
In LOTR’s Gollum wormed his way under the mountains in the belief that, “The roots of those mountains must be roots indeed; there must be great secrets buried there which have not been discovered since the beginning.”
And if you know the story you know Gollum remained alone in the darkness for quite some time. He found no secret knowledge but instead became more and more wretched with each passing day, till he eventually split in two and began having arguments with himself.
Questions about why and how are answered 99% of the time with, Greed, Envy, Lust, Ambition or Stupidity.
Intent makes up that last 1%. But as Intent is never subtle, there’s no mystery there -think ideologues or religious fanatics.
I know it might make life seem more bland and boring to realize that there are no great mysteries out there, but reality is what it is. Man up. Deal with it. Or start talking to yourself in the darkness.