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Reductio ad absurdum: Off the cliff and into damn-nation.

Posted on 2012.08.02 at 22:54

View "Girly" from beginning! (Beware of invading elephants).

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(note - I only read Girly up to #50. My fav is #15. I've never seen so many phallic symbols all crowded together in one hyperspace, btw!)

Jackie At The Crossroads: (CS Lewis warns of) The dangers of fundamentalisation:
part 1 - http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2010/09/19/jackie-at-the-crossroads/
part 2 - http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/23/wheaton-college-c-s-lewis-bad-jackie-on-preferring-the-nightmare-to-reality/

Death envies Life, for a change:

"The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity — it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud."
- Life of Pi Yann Martel: at http://www.iwise.com/arpKo
- explore the entire wise-ass site!

RELIGION BY THE NUMBERS:

I've got some accessible posts on fundamentalism, several lately, but my tagging is not comprehensive. More posts on this later.

But just because something is about religion or Christianity doesn't mean IT'S ON THE WRONG SIDE OF AN ISSUE. Often, it is on the RIGHT side, as with much Christian Social Justice activism. So, don't look at the pic below, thinking that I am about to skewer JESUS for being fundamentalist, or such. Rather, Jesus is being ANTI-FUNDAMENTALIST when he throws out the money-changers in the temple. Why? Because the money changers were sanctioned by the corrupting, status quo church - and they greatly derived their authority from FUNDAMENTALIST NONSENSE, like, "you will go to hell if you don't cooperate money-wise." We saw this same incestuous relationship all through history, as when the Holy-shit Roman Church sent out collection agencies to make people pay for indulgences and all that. Religion is often used to sucker people into owing things they wouldn't otherwise have owed. Right now, the "PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC," and more, convinces us we owe the banksters for their own theft and folly. So, in the pic below, look upon the BANKSTERS as indeed the true fundamentalists!

Intermission: Here are 3 posts complementing this view of Jesus-as-cool-guy: http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/christ%20-%20jesus%20-%20jesus%20christ

[Begin actual discussion]:

Religion and capitalism are similar in a number of ways. And when I say religion, I am simply thinking of Christianity for the moment. I am sure you yourself can imagine many similarities. I am not presenting an exhaustive argument here. No, I just want to suggest that the Banksters whom Jesus is throwing out, down below, are the true Fundamentalists.

Both religion and capitalism rely on trust, or faith, in a social order, and it's hierarchy which, if they are not politically the SAME order, they generally support or feed each other. Both religion and capitalism levy punishments when people violate the common or standard trust, the morality supporting the theology, or the set value and acceptable manner of exchanging the currency.

Both religion and capitalism exact an ethic - or a give-and-take discipline for social intercourse. Capitalism requires bookkeeping, fees, and interest rates, whereas religion compels social compliance via more abstract morals. The first concerns individual "acquisition" of things and such, and the latter uses social censure to stop individuals from doing lots of "destructive" things. The first concerns materialism, trusting in the social morality; and the latter concerns morality, trusting in the system of material regulations and securitisation. Both are regulating, or freeing-up, people towards some general, common goals, or agreeable FUTURE(s).

While Capitalism builds up virtual pockets and centralisations and, sometimes, vast "pools", of this abstraction called, "capital", religion builds up social trust, less mathematically, towards agreeable ceremonies and goals, and ultimately: one common Heaven. Heaven is the ultimate future, abstracted from and yet now DETACHED FROM the material world. Similarly, in a way, capital investments are abstractions towards some REAL future, which SHOULD be an agreeable one, but sometimes is not.

Well, the Banksters have, as of late, gotten us invested towards a single, unrealistic "future", through all their irresponsible capital investments, which have degenerated into mere GAMBLES. Superstitions. Rather than have a robust system of decentralised investment and individual freedom of economic movement, we are now all implicated into one huge looming debt called DERIVATIVES, impossible to repay, which is toppling entire countries into a SINGLE real future called DEPRESSION. We are expected to honour credit agreements which are based on corruption and overleveraging and investment idiocy. We are expected to honour their system as if we are in a church, and if we make the wrong move, well then we shall attract scorn and abuse, and possibly damnation.

In many ways, even in our modern world, the Banksters are backed by our system(s) of religion. "In God We Trust." THAT is the real reason why this phrase is on our currency: To give religious authority to the economic system, managed by the Banksters. And now, we act as if the need for oil, the need to prop the Almighty Dollar up through endless military invasions and murders, is more than patriotic - it is a dutifully religious need. It is a need to prove every other damn society or person in the world "WRONG" - starting with Muslims and Gays and Unions and Teachers and TERRORISM and where does it end? No, it does not end - politely - or in our favour. It only works out well, theoretically, for the 1% - the theocratic magicians behind the curtains where no common man has comprehension enough to be allowed to explore. They manipulate "terrorism" to keep the oil and dollars and fear flowing, moving us like sheep towards one single promise of better times, when in fact the only seats in Heaven reserved are those for the elites and their Bankster agents and pawns.

And so, the money-changers, now the Banksters, they sit in the temple of our deflated morality, telling us what is right and what is real, when they are full of religious, "Trickle Down," "Invisible Hand", nonsense. They feed us fundamentals which, like bread without nutrients, leave us hungering for more, so deluded we have forgotten what real food really is. We have forgotten about diversity and subtlety and degrees of freedom - and hope - and real, plausible, agreeable futures for the many. Instead, we are presented with abstractions and fundamental BS, while they nickle and dime us to death, and cut us a thousand ways to Sunday - we, the new sacrificial lambs, and they the false idols.

So, yeah...



"We gonna chase those crazy BANKSTERS out of town!"




Crazy Baldheads - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Them crazy, them crazy
We gonna chase those crazy
Baldheads out of town
Chase those crazy baldheads
Out of town

I and I build a cabin
I and I plant the corn
Didn't my people before me
Slave for this country
Now you look me with a scorn
Then you eat up all my corn

We gonna chase those crazy baldheads
Chase them crazy
Chase those crazy baldheads out of town

Build your penitentiary, we build your schools
Brainwash education to make us the fools
Hate is your reward for our love
Telling us of your God above

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase those crazy bunkheads
Chase those crazy baldheads out of town

Here comes the conman
Coming with his con plan
We won't take no bribe, we got to stay alive

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase those crazy baldheads
Chase those crazy baldheads out of town *


"BANKSTERS!"
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120731-bulls-bears-and-black-cats/3
http://www.cnbc.com/id/48443271

Encore: "Alec Rock..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUPDAMc_6o&feature=player_embedded#

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