"...you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?" - Anton Ego, Ratatouille
For those of you who aren't parents, Ratatouille is a Pixar film.You want quotes from Citizen Kane, read a blog by a guy with no kids.
The good witchdoctor advised me to quit whining. I deserved it. I had gotten a little emotional over the attack on Christianity by Lon. Joe pointed out a lot of shit he goes through, putting up with shit outta Christians, and basically said if I have to put up with this level of bullshit, you can handle Lon calling Christianity a few names.
However... It's still major fucking bullshit, whether they're Christians attacking Joe and his family or Thelemites attacking Christians in song. The bullshit has to end. I see all the "Coexist" bumper stickers out there, and it wasn't even a week ago that I posted an article that indicated a quarter to a third of Christians are incorporating beliefs and practices from other religions here in America. There are people out there, a lot of us, who are trying to change the world and make it better. Hate, from any source, just makes it worse.
My own heart is hate-filled. I have a deep and abiding hatred that evil should be done within the world, regardless of its source. I don't hate the perpetrator, I hate the evil itself. I expect more from humanity than we usually give. I'm not perfect, I do things I later hate too. I apologize and try to make it right when I slip up and make the world a darker place instead of a lighter one.
Lon said on the page where the song can be purchased, "I hope no one is too offended. This is all in good fun." I suppose I'm in the "too offended" crowd, and I don't think lumping all of Christianity together based on the actions of some of its adherents is acceptable from someone who's doing the Great Work. I don't think that we who have been through the Black Phase of the Work should think this is "in good fun." I have higher expectations from people who want to sell the world an 8-hour DVD series that will take them "Beyond the Secret" by teaching the Great Work.
I've got perspective on the scene. Lon's hatred of Christianity is really a reflection of the hatred many Christians show Joe and many others by telling them they're going to hell. It's intolerance. It's hate. It's human. He doesn't like that Christianity has been used to perpetuate hatred, yet he's ok doing it himself.
Do I get as pissed about people who use Christianity to spread hatred? No, I do not. I get more pissed. They're a fucking embarrassment. They inspire the kind of bullshit Lon posted. Christians like that are just asking to be taken out by their counterparts of other beliefs. Their counterparts are equally ignorant, unilluminated, spiritually dense humans who justify their hatred instead of seeking to expunge it from their hearts.
And I know I'm probably a hypocrite. I generally try to live up to my standards, but I fail like everyone else. That doesn't mean the standards are wrong, it just means I failed to live up to them.