Saturday, January 21, 2006
Life isn't fair. So what's wrong with a fatalistic approach to life?
I suppose religious texts exist, in part, to ground us in a "moral universe." But historically, these texts have only gone so far in serving this purpose.
In short, we have choices. And thus, there's a fine line between neurosis, cultural-influences, etc. and acting like a jerk.
It's one thing to be driven to crimes against the state or the individual by a particularly damaged childhood, psychosis or cultural influences. But to become victim-idenitified or complacent in one's injustice dismisses one's accountability, and therefore prevents psychic development.
Did Eve eat the apple because of an articulate snake or because she was hungry for a delicious apple? Or was she passively taking her anger out on God for making her out of a rib?
In any case, the moral of the story is that, although she blamed the devil for it, her mistake gave her (and all of us, apparently) mortal-consciousness. Thanks a lot, Eve.
One can presumably conclude that after the Lord's wrath comes down on one for eating an apple, one quickly assumes a no-fruit diet.
Perhaps ours is, indeed, a just universe. But it doesn't always seem that way.
I'm sure that's why Jesus-Thumpers believe in the rapture. So that all of us satanic, non-Jesus-Thumpers will be left here to roast, and potentially be forced to watch bad reality tv in eternal damnation.
As not to become victim-identified in relation to such Jesus-Thumpers for my opposing, non-thumping stance, I am consulting The Great Lords Of The Abyss in the design of my own rapture.
I guess I believe that, as Freud would phrase it, sometimes a jerk is just a jerk.
Which is why, when my rapture comes, the jerks will all disappear and I will happily be left here to burn in hell with the rest.
That is, if I'm not a jerk.