Monday, April 09, 2012

Man- (well, it had to be 'man-’) kind threatened by ill-defined ‘darkness’

The pope says that mankind is “groping in darkness, unable to distinguish good from evil.”

I see.

Life is stronger than death. Good is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Truth is stronger than lies, he said.

Perhaps I don’t see. These are very odd applications of strength. Death is the end of life: how is life ‘stronger’ than death?  What could that mean?  Good things and evil things happen: in what way is good ‘stronger’?  Does he mean that good always triumphs over evil (obviously not true) or that good is more desirable to most people than evil (obviously true but nothing to do with ‘strength’)?  And truth is stronger than lies? Puh-LEASE: the truth is TRUER than lies, but the Vatican doesn’t have anything to do with truth.

“The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil.'

So… the pope says that science and skeptical enquiry are the worst things people can do. Unless, of course, he himself is in charge of what scientists are allowed to do.

'If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other 'lights,' that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk,' Benedict added.

Oh come on. At risk of fucking *what*, you imbecile? And there’s no ‘darkness’, is there? Darkness is the Catholic way. The atheist way is to make sure everyone knows about and can argue with the governing body. The definition of light, which shines everywhere, whether you want it to or not.

'Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars in the sky are no longer visible,' he said. 'Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment?'

We light our cities to make people safe. I’m not very concerned about popes having limited views of stars.

'With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify,

What the fuck does any of that mean? 

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