POPE BENEDICT'S BENEDICTION..
"Sticks and Stones may break our bones,
but Words will kill us all!",
the Solipsist Soliloquist.
The Pope's recent remarks have started a fire...
his comments alluding to 14th Century writings about Islam being spread by the sword has cost a 65 year old nun in Somalia her life.
Christian Churches around the world have also been razed to the ground by mobs of angry undereducated misinformed zealots.
WHAT YEAR IS IT?
Why do homo sapiens kill others because of ideas?!
Exactly when did our ancestors start to kill others who said something that they didn't like. ..
probably about the same time that they figured out that it was better to throw a sharpened stick at another human from a safe distance...
rather than wait for the other guy to sneak up and whack him 'upside the head..old school ?
Why is it that homo escapeons continue to have the psychological crap scared out of them (such as unprovable threats of eternal damnation)
from some guy in a fancy schmancy getup?
Always with the getup??
Daily life for our ancestors was absolutely terrifying 99% of the time as they roamed the African Savannah in search of food.
Enough of them somehow evaded getting eaten or trampled or gored or poisoned or having rocks dropped on their head or whacked upside of the head or speared from a distance, to go on to create civilisation.
By trial and error, early Homo Poindexterous
(smart guys with poor throwing arms)
discovered that planting crops and locking up edible animals right at your campground was a lot easier than walking around for 16 hours a day looking for stuff to eat. Instead of being rewarded for these ideas and being appointed as the leader of the tribe, the position of Chief was somehow always filled by a large, scary guy with a good throwing arm.
The Chief would usually have a right hand man,
a psychological enforcer,
the Shaman or Sham-man.
The Shaman was a weird dude who wore scary makeup and dressed in a fancy get-up. He told everybody that invisible evil spirits would throw invisible sharpened sticks at them (for ever and ever and ever) if they didn't obey Him and his on-the-fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants-revelations and regulations...
Oh, and of course don't forget to obey the Chief.
The Chief usually 'went along' with the Shaman's concocted evil spirit gig and the Shaman was very aware that the Chief had a great throwing arm. From the get-go an uneasy alliance was formed.
Undeterred, Homo Poindexterous ignored this rubbish as best they could and went on to invent things. Useful items, like walls around the campground to deter 'wild' uncivilised humans from stealing and eating the stored crops and tethered animals.
They also designed and constructed affordable crappy huts for all the workers,
and huge outrageously opulent fancy schmacy palaces for the Chief and his Shaman.
There you have it,
the birth of civilisation!
Oh sure all of the fancy stuff like aquaducts and the internet, what-not-shops and space shuttles would eventually complicate and clutter the urban landscape, but this is still the basic blueprint for how we, homo escapeons (modern man), live today.
I find it interesting that we didn't let the Poindexterous lead us? We chose to ignore practical solutions and free thinking and by osmosis capitulated to the fear and hysteria of the Bully and his Shaman.
What have the homo escapeons learned from all of this...sadly....
I'm not exactly sure why, but we still seem unable to rid ourselves of the imaginary fears, and unfortunately, very real sharpened sticks, being jabbed in our faces by modern Shamans and Chiefs.
The calendar may appear to declare the year as 2006, but Chiefs and Shamans rattle sabres and scimitars alike in their efforts to maintain the status quo.
Last February many of us were taken by surprise at the near complete submission by the Western Media to the literary ransom demands of censoring political cartoons in Denmark.
The complete submission of science and rational thought and freedom from religion in our world would sentence our species to replicate the horrors of past religious wars... which would translate in today's world as a complete extinction level event.
We're not even close to discussing our differences in a civilised manner, in fact, we're not even having the right discussion.
Where has all of the hardfought progress of the last 200 years gone?