“Over the centuries, we’ve moved on from Scripture to accumulate precepts of ethical, legal and moral philosophy. We’ve evolved a liberal consensus of what we regard as underpinnings of decent society, such as the idea that we don’t approve of slavery or discrimination on the grounds of race or sex, that we respect free speech and the rights of the individual. All of these things that have become second nature to our morals today owe very little to religion, and mostly have been won in opposition to the teeth of religion.”
— Richard Dawkins, quoted by Natalie Angier in “Confessions of a Lonely Atheist,” New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2001.
“Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there;
And ’twill be found, upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.”
— Daniel Defoe, “The True-Born Englishman” (1701), from the Encarta Book of Quotations (1999).
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
— Anne Lamott
Tag Archives: Morality
By W.B. Dunne
The News Pauper grieves to be reminded, along with everyone else, that despicable acts of violence have no boundaries. First, we all should acknowledge and absorb what it must feel like today on that base. As large as it is, anyone who has stayed on a military base for any length of time can tell you that it has a tendency to be as insular a community as has ever been fashioned for human beings to live in. The individual is charged with a single mission, to support the others, as in no other community, and that extends to the families of the soldier. The entire group is feeling very traumatizedmore so than at any time these eight long years. This latest event, and its scale, and its location, shows us an opportunity to point out the path weve been on and who took us down that path, but even more importantly, do we not sympathize with the loss the families of those at Ft. Hood are experiencing?
There is no surprise when our news-holes sink their teeth into a story like this and start to make the attempt to fit it into their script. If it bleeds it leads. Personally, I am happy to hear that the shooter has survived. I predict we will hear a tale of a mental breakdown, of the inability to take a step back and say, “I shouldnt shoot these people.” It might give some insight into what is wrong with the way we deal with every event like this to hear the story of why from the shooters own mouth. No way will there ever be an opportunity given to anyone to stray from the script thoughif an event cant be made into a TV show, it never happened.
There will be the typical exploitation of the facts of this case on the typical standardized model. We all know it is coming. The decades of desensitizing have turned the world into a wasteland. Eventually we all became zombies for a daily dose of somebody elses trauma. Do the architects of this evil feel any remorse for the harm they have done to a group that once carried the moniker, HUMANITY? Do the ones that profit from the chaos ever feel any regret? The News Pauper is not an overtly religious man; he wishes that there were a god, or any number of gods, that could be petitioned to redress this one prevailing issue. However, empiricism dictates that only through the flesh can any god act in our cause, which is gods way of saying ‘do it yourself.’