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grandfather paradox

Imagine looking at the history books, and seeing the panopoly of events that each person creates--at least, the sort of person that makes it into the news, the books, that touches people's lives.

Unitarian Universalism--and brightside Christianity, and probably most other religions when you take what's brightest and most angelic about them--ask you to look at each human and see them as a pearl of great worth.

Each person was born a helpless, dependent infant, shaped into what they would become through pain and reward and role models and their culture. But at some point, you could hold them in your hand, and say "this person could become anything." If you had the vantage point of the future, could you hold such a creature in your hand, and wish for its death?

Jerry Falwell, who I must believe hated me, since he blamed me for the destruction of the world trade center--not me personally, since we'd never met and I haven't appeared in very many news articles, but gays and liberals in general--died today. It seems like utter hypocracy to say that I'm not glad about this, the man was vitriolic and malign, and asked others to be the same, in the name of a religion that I do have a soft spot for.

But hatred is so unsexy. *sigh* And metacognition is such a useless and silly thing. And a human is a human--though it would be v-e-r-y easy to see someone who within days of a major national tragedy uses it as a rallying point against an oppressed and grieving minority as inhuman.

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jim_hague
May. 15th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Why hate him? After all, he's moved on to the Great Reward...and since hatred isn't something any sane Creator (I think) has a soft spot for, perhaps the departed Rev. Falwell is having to answer some pricky questions right about now.

So don't hate him...but I think that it wouldn't be remiss to feel a twinge of well-modulated satisfaction in knowing that there is one less hateful soul in our world, gone through no fault of yours or anyone's; simply moved on after a life lived. Maybe he'll do better next time, eh?
prophetsurfer
May. 15th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. I don't know about you, but I'd rather use extreme words now than have to form up with a resistance cell in my own country because my existance is illegal. Think that's extreme? Go back to 1941 Germany.

God Bless America.
flippantmoniker
May. 16th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Can't waste so much time and energy hating tht man.
But, I am glad he's gon and revel in his passing.

It would be evil to hope that the last few minutes, hours, days, were messy, painful, fearful and indignant.

So, I'll think on happier things :)

like watching 28 weeks later :)
spottylogic
May. 16th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
That's an improvement?
athene1765
May. 17th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
The best that can, I think, be said for Falwell is that I believe he was honest in his convictions. I suspect he truly believed everything he said. That puts him a very very small step above snakes like Coulter and Limbaugh who are far too cynical to believe a word that comes out of their own mouths.

I believe that he will be faced with his Creator and be taught, gently but firmly, the power and importance and holiness of love -- that it is not any human's job to hate and to point fingers but instead to love, to care, and to make the lives of the people around you better for your presence. That is the meaning of life, and you don't have to go hard to find it. It's written in very big letters everywhere you look.

I am also charmed by the notion of cosmic justice and reincarnation and am pleased by the notion of his new life as a gay Buddhist.
spottylogic
May. 17th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
You know, he wasn't? Not at all honest. The man was a media/attention whore who said a lot of that stuff specifically to get a reaction from the press. He happily worked the media. At least according to an NPR interview, which is as out-of-context as any other broadcast, just more left-wing. *sigh*
athene1765
May. 17th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Dang. Try to give a guy credit and he ends up thoroughly undeserving.

It is to be regretted.
spottylogic
May. 17th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I still believe in Jack Chick.
athene1765
May. 17th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
That much crazy can't be a put-on, you figure?
spottylogic
May. 17th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Some things you have to take on faith, Mme. :)
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