Sunday, April 10, 2005

And then

And then one must quite simply express one’s contempt for the people admiring and worshipping the pope.

I mean, how stupid can you get? What’s the absolute low you can aspire to?
Well, this is indeed close.

And the rest of the world and humanity is dragged through the dirt with you.
This isn’t just directed towards the catholics, far from it. This insane behavior we’ve witnessed lately is merely another low when it comes to all religion. Karl Marx said that religion is opium for the people, and in this he was right.

Hundreds of thousands are drawn to a specific place to worship a freeze-dried old tyrant. What’s wrong with this picture?

Politicians and prominent citizens all over the world speak out, expressing with a catching in their throat how great this man was, how much good he has done for the world, something that is certainly more bullshit of the worst kind. The so-called pope has done tons of grievous harm, ruined scores of lives, and personally caused untold suffering. If I were religious I would have wished him tenfold of that in the hell he believed in.

1 comment:

Iain said...

Hi there, interesting post.

I know this comment will be largely irrelevant but thought you might appreciate the context of the Marx quote that you used.

What he actually said was,
"Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions."

So it was, certainly, a criticism against religion but it was not what many people think. Marx was saying that religion, like an opiate, relieves the pain from suffering people. But that was not all. He wanted people to shirk religion so that they could identify and respond to the REAL source of their pain. You would not simply take morphine away from an accident victim, you would heal their real wounds (and the source of their pain).

Have a good one :)