Monday, August 13, 2007

Off on a Reading Jag



Feel free to join me. Serialized novel available here.

Here's an excerpt. I'm sure they won't mind a little free advertizing.

"Are you a religious man, Benjamin?"

"You have to understand," Jordan said. "I grew up in the Holy Land."

"So?"

"No, I have no use for religion."

"Why?"

"Do you want me to be blunt?"

"I do."

"From what I've seen, Karl Marx got it wrong. Religion isn't the opium of the people. It's the LSD."

"What do you mean?"

"Opium numbs and tranquilizes. LSD inspires psychedelic visions—and violent delusions. It drives people to acts of destruction—and self-destruction. It seduces people with the promise of enlightenment, but it robs them of the ability to think for themselves."

"That's an awfully cynical way of looking at it."

"As I said, I grew up in the Holy Land."

5 Comments:

At 11:08 PM, Blogger homo escapeons said...

I have watched a few docs on the the 'Holey' Land and I am equally jaded.
The Big Three will continue fighting over the same tiny piece of desert until the last man standing.

I cannot for the life of me see any chance of our future Insect Alien Overlords allowing this to continue...and Kent Brockman and I salute them!

"I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save us Superman."
Homer

 
At 7:23 AM, Anonymous L>T said...

Growing up exposed to the Pentecostal environment watching people speak in tongues & have hallucinative visions, the LSD analogy makes sense to me.

It is puzzling to us sane people that "The Holy Land" is such a bone of contention. Consider the Mormon plan though. Apparently in the Mormon Millennium Jesus will reign in Jerusalem & Missouri simultaneously.
I heard it here

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitor said...

From my experience, LSD was one thing that taught me how relative reality can be and that our brains are imperfect and can malfunction badly - morality assumes there is one kind of brain type. Wheres the built in quality control?

Anyway, the religion would be consistent only if one never recovered from an acid trip.

I would say that for the masses, religion is the opiate, but for the fundies, it is more like LSD.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger angelsdepart said...

Wow, the LSD analogy makes so much sense!!! I grew up pentecostal too so I think I have seen the crazy ones at their worst, or best, however you want to look at it!

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger breakerslion said...

homo escapeons: The whole concept of "holy land" or "hallowed ground" is insane. All of these claims break down to a tool of manipulation, with the various clergy or political powers standing firmly in the center of the real estate. Either it's all holy, or none of it is.

l>t: Jerusalem and Missouri? With a vacation home in Rio maybe? I'm just curious how Jesus expects to make the various clergy cough up all that money that has been collected in his name, without getting whacked a second time.

rev. barking nonsequitor: If I'm right, religious ecstacy is the result of a socially-induced, minor brain malfunction. Not understanding the nature of a hallucinatory experience has made great contributions to the religious myth through the years. I'm afraid that prolonged exposure to LSD would eventually make the flying giant spiders impossible to ignore however.

angelsdepart: My sympathy (to you too l>t). I often forget to include the Pentecostals and the Snake Handlers in my list of crazies that prove that people will believe anything!

 

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