4 Responses to “Us or the Devil?”

  1. Wyrd Smythe says:

    (One reason I’m not close to my family is that my sister is exactly the sort of person who believes in “the devil” and thinks bad actions are due to it.)

    I couldn’t quite make out everything she said in the video, but got most of it. Another voice saying, “Things are turning to crap these days,” despite all the other voices proclaiming how there’s nothing new under the sun. Seems like step one in solving any problem is recognizing that a problem exists! I suppose saying, “It was ever thus,” is just one more way of not having to do anything.

    I was thinking the other day about how the Renaissance was about how science and rationality lifted us out of the dark ages. Now we’re denying science and rational thought to believe in angels and devils or that this is all the fault of “those damned others.”

    Welcome to the Return of the Dark Ages!

    • Byenia says:

      I’ve been thinking a new Dark Age is on the horizon also.

      The interesting thing about the concept of “the devil” is how it encapsulates both external influences and internal drives and desires. But by projecting these outward onto some sort of deity or force, we lose sight of how intrinsically it relates to us as individuals and as a people. The devil is actually within each of us. It’s a useful metaphor when understood as that.

      • Wyrd Smythe says:

        Sure. And on that account “god” or “angel” would be the flip-side metaphor.

        One of my favorite Bruce Cockburn tunes is “Burden of the Angel/Beast”

        “Could be the famine
        Could be the feast
        Could be the pusher
        Could be the priest
        Always ourselves we love the least
        That’s the burden of the angel/beast”

        • Byenia says:

          Never heard that song before, but those lyrics are pretty cool.

          Yep, we’re swimming in metaphors when it comes to religions and spiritual exploration. Just goes with the territory on that level of human understanding.

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