Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The purpose and nature of a theocracy

From The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault:

"Long ago there lived a wise old tyrant. We do not know his name and city, but we can infer him. His guards were sufficient, perhaps, to protect his person, but not to rule with. So out of the stuff of mind he created twelve great guardians and servants of his will: all-knowing, far-shooting, earth-shaking, givers of corn and wine and love. He did not make them all terrible, because he was a poet, and because he was wise, but even to the beautiful ones he gave terrible angers. 'You may think yourselves alone,' he said to the people, 'when I am closed in my castle. But they see you and are not deceived.' So he sent out the the Twelve, with a thunderbolt in one hand a cup of poppy juice in the other; and they have been excellent servants ever since to whoever knew how to employ them. Perikles, for instance, had them all running his errands."

The Reasoning Behind Secular Koranism

The temptations of temptation are too irresistible to resist without a belief in God’s laws which should be enforced to punish those who transgress in this life. Out of all the three Abrahamic faiths it is the Koran that is the most advanced and has the most liberal and humane scripture, giving women the most rights. For this reason we should base our next new religion on it and enact legal principles in harmony with it.

a noble lie is a myth or untruth, often, but not invariably, of a religious nature, knowingly told by an elite to maintain social harmony or to advance an agenda. 

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