Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Saturday, June 19, 2004  

Amger and fury

I have done what I previously avoided. I never watched the video (I listened to the sounds of it on the radio) of the murder of Nick Berg, but I looked at the pictures of Paul Johnson.

They were murky, but it was enough to infuriate me beyond what? Reason? My previous capacity for anger? I wanted to slaughter and kill in response to what I saw.

Now, in more cold blood, I still want to slaughter and kill.

Yet, I have been also pondering the injunction to "love your enemies. Bless those who curse you."

Yet, I now know this is not what Jesus was talking about. That is, to make nice to those who would cut off your head, rape your wife, and slit your baby's throat.

I am well aware that, let's say, Osama bin Laden is a human being, and a beloved child of God. You might even meet him and Hitler in Heaven someday. You never know.

But it does not change the fact that bin Laden, Hitler, Nick Berg's murderer's are essentially people who are insane but functional. Just as one talk radio host insists that extreme liberalism is a mental disease, a person who is functional but insane is responsible for their acts, and must be stopped or killed to prevent harm to others.

What is particularly infuriating is not only the madmen's acts, but their assistance by those who are not insane, but who seek to profit from such acts for political or economic reasons.

We are living in the strangest of all possible worlds or culture when it there is a mentally diseased elite who have turned reason and instinct upside down. Who prevent people from defending their lives and that of their children; who prevent people from protecting themselves and their children from evil, violence, corruption, and depravity; and who seek to destroy all possibility of liberty.

That there are barbarians in the world who seek to enslave others is no great surprise; but that an entire people should be forced to endure it by their own fellows among them who thwart and undermine every attempt to rally their energies to resist such evil, is beyond belief.

This is not even a story of a culture that simply became effeminate, decadent, weak minded, and slack. It is the story of a small group that ruthlessly seized the institutions of culture and power to relentlessly betray a nation, and purposely hand it over to its enemies.

And what was the purpose of this small group (who will be killed by those same enemies)? Some say power, arrogance, hubris, idealism, utopianism -- but the real reason is much simpler. Spite. It is all driven by the revenge of spite. They hated God, they hated life, and became diseased by their defiance enough to seek not only their own death, but that of all.

Book Two Paradise Lost

HIgh on a Throne of Royal State, . . .
Satan exalted sat, by merit rais'd
To that bad eminence; and from despair
Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue
Vain Warr with Heav'n, and by success untaught
His proud imaginations thus displaid.

. . . for whence,
But from the Author of all ill could Spring
So deep a malice, to confound the race
Of mankind in one root, and Earth with Hell
To mingle and involve, done all to spite
The great Creatour?

Book One

Hail horrours, hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings
A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less then hee
Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:46 PM |