Friday, June 22, 2018

Evolution of Creationism


          Evolution of Creationism

Language and custom change unpredictably; therefore scriptural text and interpretation change at random. Some of these random re-writings and re-readings are more fit to their society than others; those which are tend to replicate themselves in the next generation better. Over generations, the most-fit random change prevails.
This is a form of Darwinian evolution by variation, inheritance, and natural selection. Or, as the evolving religions prefer to call these forces; individuality, tradition, and the free market.
Creationism has clearly evolved in just this fashion, and within recent history. Its denial of the evolutionary process that brought it into being is a paradoxical part of what makes it fit. But for what?
For survival; that is the one constant in any evolutionary process. Adaptation is eternal; but any particular adaptation is negotiable. Thus a species can go from water to land, or from four feet to two; and a faith can go from pro-slavery to civil rights, or from anti-usury to pro-capitalism.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Systems of Politesse


          Systems of Politesse

The trouble with PC is that it’s a system of politesse, and like all such systems, it is a stupid, absurd, arbitrary, and hypocritical imposition by clueless self-righteous elites. (I call this observation the “Brat’s Whinge”.) But on the other hand, some such system, however stupid and hypocritical, is necessary for the survival of civilized manners. (I call that observation the “Geezer’s Wheeze”.)
Both Brat’s Whinge and Geezer’s Wheeze are correct. And really people don’t mind doing the idiotic humility rituals, as long as those idiotic rituals don’t waste too much time, and don’t change too much from year to year. But people hate to memorize a new list of taboos.
          Pro tip: Never accidentally insult anyone who matters. And they get to say what’s insulting. But who matters changes with the circulation of aristocracies. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Whataboutism, an Underfable


     Whataboutism

          Once upon a time, Janus said from one of his faces, “It is true that Loki shape-shifted into a female form, got pregnant, and gave birth to Sleipnir; and that’s not a very male thing to do.”
          Then from his other face, Janus said, “But what about Zeus? He gave birth to Athena, from out of his head!
          Janus said from his first face, “And it’s true that Loki, moved by wicked spite, tricked Hodr into killing Baldur with a mistletoe missile.”
          Then from his other face, Janus said, “But what about Yahweh? He destroyed Job’s family and health, just to win a bet! Lock! Him! Up! Lock! Him! Up!
          Janus said from his first face, “It’s also true that Loki’s lies and crimes brought on Ragnarok and the destruction of Asgard.”
          Then from his other face, Janus said, “But what about Heaven and Earth? They treat people like straw dogs! Meaning, disposable!
          Thus Janus defended his client. But when Janus visited Loki to collect his fee, he got stiffed.

          Moral: Look! A squirrel!