Sunday, 6 May 2007

Revelations, a Sunday Service

A long time ago, when the earth was still flat and gravity hadn't been invented. A small band of ape-like creatures planted some wheat near a river, an arduous task without gravity. The wheat was washed away by a flood. Said one ape-man to another "see, told you it was too close to the sodding river, see", the other retorted "well how the buggering blazes did that happen? The water is supposed to stay in the river!" After much furrowing of pronounced brows, they decided to call it a Flood and that it must have been caused by some huge creature emptying his waters into the river. Must be a very big and dangerous creature.

By and by the ape-men collected a bunch of stories about storms, hail, earthquakes, shooting stars and such like, all caused by a creature much bigger than themselves. Eventually they gave the creature a name, he was called "Gordon the Bennet who begat David, King of the Ape-Men and Made Ape-Men in his Own Image, even Peter Beardsley". So whenever a new calamity hit the gathering they would all chant "Gordon Bennet!" Unfortunately, these ape-men were all wiped out by a rival bunch when they got into a fight over who's superior being was bigger. (note: there was a surviving splinter group who avoided the massacre by leaving the main group earlier. The surviving group claims there are two "t"'s in Bennet(t), hence they had to leave and start their own thing. Thus the immortal teachings live on).

And that's pretty much how it is today, tribal warfare fanned by a few ignorant zealots (not the biblical Zealots, just the ordinary ones). The surviving ape-men admit that floods are caused by rain but now they claim the moon landing was a hoax and God makes fossils look really old to fool us. That's laughingly called "Intelligent Design", see FSM , this type of thought all falls under Dualism. Here, everything comes in two flavours. If you're not good you must be evil and if you're wearing the wrong coloured dress/robe you'll burn in hell forever.

Monotheists take a different view, "desire is the cause of all suffering" etc. You can't change the world but you can change yourself, everyone be nice to each other then we can all get along. There's no heaven or hell so no one ever gets smote, or indeed, smitten. According to dualist philosophers, the monotheists "are a bunch of whinging, boring, tree-hugging, flatulent, vegetarian numpties". According to the monotheists "we love our brothers and sisters very much, the barbarian apes."

Apart from those two mainstream methods of spreading intolerance and misery, there are the occasional crack-pots given to all sorts of scurrilous fancies and bizarre gibberish. For example, the French Renaissance crack-pot known as Nasaldoormouse. So called because of his nasal whining voice (aka French Accent) and because he was scared of everything (doomsayers usually are). This idiot still has legions of fans who wait for some calamity to hit their gathering and then proclaim "ooohh, so that's what he meant by 'the fabled three and their drummer will be stoned while the Moistened Ones look on and wail and gnash their teeth' ".

So the main thing of it is, don't worry about stuff, there's plenty of people out there who wish you well and will be there when you need someone. But while you're at it, have a look around and see if there's anyone who could do with some support from you, then offer it. Not all the time, sometimes, the rest of time you can play outside, it's ok.

All rise and sing from the hymn-books of the mercyful; "Temple of Love".

:)

JJ

8 comments:

SpanishGoth said...

Hooray for the Mercyful - Temple Of Love.

What next? off to the Sonic Temple I presume ? !

*buggers off to divert zealots in Jakes direction*

JolietJake said...

Nope, I reckon Thundermuff, ah-hey hey hey heyyy-yeeeah.

The zealots don't come around so much since I showed them the "beaver eats pine-logs" web-site. Beaver's are so cute.

Tippler said...

Was that a devil in a black dress watching over me?

Or was it just the drugs?

SpanishGoth said...

So when is the prison break - Elwood OUT, Elwood OUT.....

SpanishGoth said...

And thus spoke Goth. Now, as I have answered it is my duty (cackles in an evil way) to tag FIVE peeps. Therefore, I condemn the following 5 to reveal their "7 random Things About Me".........

Joliet jake - teach you not to make THAT curry you twat
Zoe - because her boyfriend is a twat
Kimmy - because she's lovely and anyone who says otherwise is going to get a ruddy good punch on the bottom
Mr X - as I am positive that WE will come up with one bizarre list
Cream - as his views make me curious about going back to the yUK just to eat in his restaurant

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

So would I Goth but it's in Hartlepool. Too close to Middlesbrough for my liking.

I could pick a few holes in your thesis, Jake - for example, Catholicism is monotheistic but still believes in Hell, Satan, etc. - but your final paragraph was so in tune with my philosophy that I'll forgive you the occasional inaccuracy. There's plenty of ways to do good - just walk down boulevard Anspach on a Saturday night - you can help people without buying another company BMW for some fatcat PR director at Oxfam or Save the Children. Aunty Marianne will have my guts for garters for this.

Drama Queen said...

Yeah Temple of love. I think I've spent all weekend there. . .

;-)

JolietJake said...

daphne - the basis of catholicism has an element of self contemplation and that's a good thing. However, "Catholicism is monotheistic but still believes in Hell, Satan, " Sorry, that's a blatant contradiction. No Sale.

spanish - i'm painfully aware that I'm a lazy bastard. emphasis on bastard

dq - lucky bitch :(