Thursday, November 5, 2015

Culture of the Damned

A friend asked me the other day if I believed in the Devil and I replied that I did. "Good," they answered, "Then maybe I'm not crazy, because things sure look satanic." 

Maybe you think that's an exaggeration and that there's nothing wrong with our new normal, a normal that says it's OK to sell baby parts and rewards the company that does it with your money. 

A normal that parses freedom in terms of Crowley's "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law," and accuses you of hatred for daring to believe that marriage is something that takes place between a man and a woman, regardless of Bruce Jenner spending over $4 million to prove otherwise.

Or more seriously, a dominant worldview which says we come from nothing and return to it, so in the meanwhile live as though there were no tomorrow and place your bets on a financial system based on infinite debt and greed.

In short, a new normal based on the kind of radical nihilism described by Dostoevsky in The Devils. But go right ahead, look around you and congratulate our brave new world experiment in secularism, and wonder why people aren't getting any happier.

Then, as you ask that question, ask another. Has our culture stopped believing in God, or simply shifted its allegiance?

There's a boom in exorcism. Go figure. I'm off to clean a gun.



LL said...

Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow, you die (or diet, as the case may be).

LSP said...

I just ate a rather tasty pork chop. Delicious.

Adrienne said...

Funny - I just posted on feeling crazy, too. The devil is real and he and his minions are very busy (and, no doubt, very happy.)

I'm headed to the store for rye bread for hot pastrami sandwiches tonight. Snagged a bag of ends and pieces for about $3.50 a pound at Grocery Outlet. Just opened it and it's delicious. A wee bit of slicing and voilá - sandwiches.

LSP said...

That's a nice deal! I have a good mind to eat a chicken pot pie, somehow it seems to suit the stormy, wet weather that's the new Texas normal.

Adrienne said...

I would love a chicken pot pie. Marie Callenders is probably real good. However.....................after reading the label and noting the calorie and carb count, I couldn't justify it.

Right now I'm gathering ingredients for making my very own Hot and Sour soup. I had some for the first time a few weeks ago (where has that been all my life??), and it was instant love. Doesn't look too difficult and way cheaper than buying it at the local Chinese restaurant.

LSP said...

I do like the occasional Marie Callender's CPP! Sometimes they hit the spot. And hot and sour soup's pretty tasty too -- good luck on the recipe. Perfect fare for the ongoing War on Weather.