15 11 10 - 04:30We know Christianity is a mixed bag: composed of re-cycled Greek, Pagan, Hindu and middle eastern myths and philosophies, it attempted to channel them all into the simplest possible doctrine.
We also know that religiosity -- or reverence -- is a trait of conservatives, while liberals tend to prefer the simple bedtime story that is materialism. On either extreme, too much dualism or too much materialism, you get a simplistic view of the world that dumbs down the greatness and beauty of life.
But here's an interesting perspective on the political dimensions of Christianity:
"Christianity is the sole key to their success. It is a truly evil and base religion, barely worth discussing. But its main doctrines are simple to grasp and well-contrived; they can easily deceive stupid commoners with it. Using clever words and subtle phrases, they would have commoners believe that to deceive Heaven is to revere it, and that to destroy the Way is needed for ethical understanding.
-1825 Aizawa Seishisai, son of a low-ranking samurai in the domain of Mito, was one of the leading figures in the so-called Mito School, a highly nationalistic brand of Confucianism. (as quoted in JAPAN STUDIES REVIEW, Volume Eleven, 2007 and contributed by S.M.)
Christianity gives us a simple narrative and, as a meme, unites the peasants, proles and other masses toward a simple end. That is why it is effective.
We should consider this when re-designing Christianity, which makes more sense than "fighting" it (especially as it gains ground on the neurotic, miserable, centerless urban liberal). Instead, we should consider how to keep this simplicity but use it to oppress peasants, because when they get control, they ruin everything.
Here's a good case of redesign within the system:
A German judge has shot to popularity after letting 42 speeding drivers off without charges in the last week because he thinks speed controls merely serve to fill the state's coffers rather than prevent accidents.
Bernd Kahre, spokesman for Herford court in northwestern Germany where judge Helmut Knoener works, told Reuters the 62-year-old wanted to make a stand against the current practice of prosecuting speeders.
He said Knoener believed speed controls were not conducted to ensure greater road safety, but rather to provide the cash-strapped state with an additional source of income. - Reuters! Crikey.
Most people can only approach the travesty of government in a binary: either I'm "for" the government, or against it. Most of the latter are liberals, although their ranks are now swelling with well-intentioned Libertarians and Republicans.
But what about instead viewing government like we might a blog entry or other document, as a work in progress which we should edit until it fits our needs?