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Heck I cried all day when I was sent to the Catholic Parochial
Gulag by my parents. I often tell people that I have absolutely
no fear of terrorists because as a small boy, I had Irish nuns
for teachers. *snicker*
Neither. A great sage once said: "There are four things on which one should
not dwell: What came before and what will come after, what is above and what
The simple reason for this admonition is that one cannot influence the
hereafter. One can, however, do something today to make this a better world.
Oh, come on, that's easy. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Donate food and
clothing to a shelter for battered women. Teach someone to read. Raise your
children to be respectful and kind. Use your turn signal. Say "Please" and
"Thank you." Smile. Hold the door open for an old man with a cane.
I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea.
If you're hungry, I can give you a sandwich. If you need to rest, you can
use my couch. If you need a job, I can make some calls. I can donate blood,
pay my taxes (some of which help make this a better world), kill a rat,
smile at a child, enjoy a kitten, write to my congressman, and, in a
thousand small ways, do something every day.
I never said there was "nothing." The hereafter simply doesn't influence me.
By the simple standard rules of logic, I can say that we MIGHT be closer to
world peace, a cure for cancer, or eliminating male pattern baldness had not
some really great intellects applied themselves to endeavors other than
ruminating on how many angles could dance on the head of a pin.
The New Testament says that the streets of heaven are paved with gold.
Whether they're paved with gold or whether they're paved with mud, they are
what they are and none of our piety or wit can cancel half a line. We are of
THIS world, not the world to come.
But, and this is a big "but," to the degree that any faith inspires and
comforts, any activity that promotes that faith and belief is,
intrinsically, good. Any religion that promotes charity, good works,
justice, respect, protection of the weak and chastisement for the wicked is
a good and holy road to God - even if it digresses from time to time to
contemplate angles and pins.
Sorry if I was confusing. Let me restate.
I come from a tradition that teaches good works are good for their own sake,
not as an entrance fee to the hereafter and that was the message I was
trying to convey. My tradition teaches that dwelling on the hereafter takes
time and effort away from these good works and is, therefore, discouraged.
On the other hand, if someone's faith holds that one earns entrance in the
world to come by doing good deeds, that's okay with me - the good gets done
and I'm not too anal about the motivation.
On the other, other, hand, there is at least one religion that provides
entrance to paradise is achieved principally by expanding the reach of the
religion. If this reach is achieved by forcibly imposing the doctrine or
killing apostates, infidels, and non-believers, that earns the actor a
ticket in first class. And maybe even virgins.
Point is, if one's motivation is driven solely by a desire to enter a better
place, the worldly results of that desire can be quite wicked.
I am more of an agnostic, but still believe in the performance of good
works (or whatever name you'd give it) as an end in itself. Even
helping the ltlle old lady across the street she wants to cross is a
good deed, although there are and should be "bigger" things to strive
for. The abuse of virgins is just that - abuse. Even the thought
should be abhorrent, unless the virgin really wants to shed the
If you go back and read the text you deleted. You mentioned
discussing angles and pins.
There is an old religious debate about "how many angels can
dance on the head of a pin". However, you had a dyslexic
moment, and spelled the word angELs backwards, and it came
An angLE is the shape described by two lines intersecting on
a plane. I truly was being obtuse. Spelling lampoon, that
was my angle. I'm certainly not an angel on usenet.
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