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Thursday, May 27, 2010

IDEAS DON'T HURT





My people I dey greet. It’s been eons since I contributed to this blog and there is a good chance I have forgotten how to do so. Anyways, I don’t have much to say. I just want to make a book recommendation. Before I do so, I’ll submit this quote.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” –Aristotle
I feel obligated to throway that quote in your faces so as to thaw, at least a little bit, the frozen minds of close-minded subscribers to organized religion. You see, the one thing that I can’t understand is religion inspired close-mindedness that blossoms to the point of treating certain ideas like radioactive waste just because of their origins or labels.
I recall this one scenario; a Krishna worshiper approached moi and one babe like that and starts mouthing off about the nature of his faith. Being the lover of new ideas that I am, I listened intently. All the while, said babe was working tirelessly to discredit everything he said with retorts like “Jesus is Lord. Krishna is of the devil. Meditation is evil.” If I ever wanted to force feed someone a chill pill and trigger an overdose, she was the perfect candidate. The thing that really struck me was her reaction when the guy pulled out the Bhagavad-Gita (Kindda like Krishna scriptures) While I was in awe to see the book Robert Oppenheimer quoted from right after he ushered humanity into the nuclear age, the babe cringed and careened like someone just tossed a demon her way and it was up to her to dodge a possible demonic possession matrix style.
Jeez. It's just a freaking book.
Anyways, what book am I recommending? It's an old book written by a German. It's titled "The Antichrist" and it's authored by Friedrich Nietzsche.
For Christians/Religious folks: The book instructs on how to be best prepared for the arrival of the antichrist. lol.
For all Others: Mr Nietzsche, being a philologist and capable of the finest philosophical thought, presents a well researched/refined view on the psychological origins of Christianity. I personally think his perspective is balanced because he is the kind of agnostic dude that was born into a Christian home, lived that life then veered off. My people, to cut a long story short, I loved the way the guy joins dots meeehn.
If you enjoy 19th century English, like I do, you'll love the translation by "Hollingdale" ( I think that's his name) but if, on the other hand, you no get that kine time there's a more accessible version by "Judith Norman." If I got any of those names wrong, abeg ask google.

Remember Aristotle's quote abeg.

3 comments:

Fabulo-la said...

Loool!

I think I will take a look at it.

Myne Whitman said...

Haven't you heard that Nietzsche and his cohorts are in a place where the sun don't shine but hotter than ....? LOL...

I love Aristotles quote and have gotten in trouble for it, including names like the DA et al...

Myne Whitman said...

And DA does not stand for District Attorney.