Now that the remains of the Saturnalia dinocrow have been swept into the trash bin, it seems appropriate for me to blow off a little steam here on your page which is far more conducive to acute cynicism than my own.
Elevating Pagan beliefs above those of the Judeo-Christian crowd seems a bit like extolling the virtues of Scientology over those of EST – in other words, it feels like an emotional splitting of hairs to select the most suitable fairy tale for one’s innate proclivities. Regardless, I do acknowledge the comparative lack of aggression in the nature-worshipers of old, and that’s no small thing.
I say that it’s no small thing, of course, because no group is more responsible (aside, perhaps, from former KGB operatives) for the current ascendancy of fascism in the U.S. than those who claim to base their lives on the moral code expostulated by “The Prince of Peace”. Ironically, these are the same people who scream the loudest about the evils of radical Islam, often referring to it as the most significant threat to our species. Hogwash. If these people had any self-awareness, they’d realize that the radical, perverted strain of Islam that inspires global acts of terror is the perfect religion for them. It’s got everything they love: monotheism, rigid power structures, self-righteous judgment, holy wars, misogyny, homophobia, megalomaniac preachers, and of course – HATE, HATE, HATE. What more could they want? I know why American “Evangelical Christians” are so triggered by radical Muslims: envy, plain and simple. Give them the theocracy they so obviously crave and voila – they will find themselves on the same fertile ground for religion-inspired totalitarianism as their alleged enemies currently enjoy. And let’s face it, we’re just one election away from that being a reality.
So, yeah, my tolerance for the terminally religious is at an all-time low.
Regardless, 2020 is going to be an interesting one.
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on,