Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Evil Beyond The Piglet

Once again I come across wise words of Terry Pratchett, through the mouth of Lord Havelock Vetinari, in Unseen Academicals. The evil, he says " built in to the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain." But he doesn't leave it at that. Oh, no. That would be too easy, too much the stuff of religion (any religion). Instead, there is a reality check, and a reminder in whose hands the fate of the world, and evil, really is: "If there is any kind of supreme being ... it is up to all of us to become his moral superior."

So, there you have it. Diagnosis in one and a half, and a cure in one sentence. And it really is as simple as that. Of course there is no higher power being wielded upon us. There is just the world itself, seemingly evil in its blindness to what we think about how it works. And then, there's us - you and me - the only ones with any hope of making it more bearable, if not positively enjoyable.

I think I've said it before here, but it may be worth repeating: if there is a supreme being running our lives, it is either positively cruel, or just totally indifferent. If your religion says differently, you're being lied to. If it agrees with me, it is not really religion as commonly understood, and you'd be better off doing something else with your time anyway. For example, doing something for yourself, and maybe your fellow beings - and I don't mean just human beings, either.

Marx was too soft saying religion is the "Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes". It is poison, a paralysing one, stopping you, and, worse, the humanity, from achieving its pinnacle. If you have it, lose it, and fly. And let others fly.

Go on then, flap your wings!