Sunday, August 02, 2009

Christianity without tears.

But what if the soma doesn't work anymore?
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"Christianity without tears–that's what soma is."
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"But the tears are necessary. Don't you remember what Othello said? 'If after every tempest came such calms, may the winds blow till they have wakened death.' There's a story one of the old Indians used to tell us, about the Girl of M├ítaski. The young men who wanted to marry her had to do a morning's hoeing in her garden. It seemed easy; but there were flies and mosquitoes, magic ones. Most of the young men simply couldn't stand the biting and stinging. But the one that could–he got the girl."
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"Charming! But in civilized countries," said the Controller, "you can have girls without hoeing for them, and there aren't any flies or mosquitoes to sting you. We got rid of them all centuries ago.
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"The Savage nodded, frowning. "You got rid of them. Yes, that's just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it. Whether 'tis better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them … But you don't do either. Neither suffer nor oppose. You just abolish the slings and arrows. It's too easy." - Brave New World. Thanks to Idle Speculations Blog

2 comments:

  1. Terry - thank you for posting this ... there is a huge truth in this little quote. The posting was very timely for me ... and needed to add to reflections. pax

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  2. Terry

    Thank you for the link

    Terry

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