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Thursday, 24 March 2011

When God is needed (Living with the Aztecs)


Cut and pasted from a friend's wall:

can everybody shut up about Libya? Return to basics:
"The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."
Thucydides

And then the Athenians themselves grew weak.

It is not so much my mortality that bothers me but the fact that evil goes unpunished and one is helpless to stop it.

A day after casually and thoughtlessly bombing a distant country and discussing the viability of killing its leader thereby turning it into another failed state, the British turn, with their goldfish memories, to fretting about the Budget and their taxes.

How nice therefore to have or believe in a God that dispenses perfect justice, with no collateral damage, who punishes only the wicked and the warmongering.

Talking like liberals must be a bit like talking to Aztecs.  Any decent person who does not practice human sacrifice coming upon them would try to persuade them of the error of their ways.

We might say to them that it does seem unnecessarily cruel and that the sun will rise tomorrow whether or not humans are sacrificed.

They will shrug their shoulders and declare human sacrifice to be a noble and unique tradition which has served them well.  Look around, they would tell us.  Is not our city magnificent?  Are not our gods pleased with us?  The victims of human sacrifice don't really mind, they will assure us.  Besides there are always plenty more where they came from.

Until something happens.  

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