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Mean As Jesus

Posted in Religion, The Internet by chamblee54 on March 30, 2013

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A few weeks ago, in the post Oscar backwash, Pure Film Creative posted a piece, Enough with the Snarky, Already. On top of the text is a quote, “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence.” The comment is sometimes blamed on Oscar Wilde. The Academy Awards were named for another Oscar, reliable sources tell.

The quote is of unknown origin. Sarcasm Society explains “The line clearly lacks the sparkling wit and worldliness typical of Wilde’s best quips. More importantly, the quote is not found anywhere in Wilde’s writings.” Going down the page, SS describes research into sarcasm.
Katherine P. Rankin,… assistant professor … at the University of California, San Francisco … found that people suffering from a progressive brain disease known as semantic dementia failed to perceive sarcasm.
Enough research. Too much information gets in the way of a good epiphany. When PG saw the comment about sarcasm, he was reminded of an internet Jesusmonger who does not appreciate people with different beliefs. The man has digital anger management issues, and is given to boasting about the use of sarcasm. The epiphany was that the man is just plain mean. Furthermore, many of the most visible Jesus worshipers are, at the core, mean people.

Whatever message the historic Jesus may have delivered has long ago been obscured by the meanness of his believers. People do not become kinder when the are “saved”. They find a different way to inflict pain on their neighbor. And Jesus is an excellent weapon when you want to hurt someone.

This is beginning to careen out of control. Maybe it is time to break, and let people look at pictures. There is one more quote, and it sort of fits in with this. It is from Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You. If you read the post, you can get the full story.

“Look, go ahead and debate religion. Go ahead and tell Christians why what they believe is wrong. That’s totally fine and, in fact, I encourage it. A little debate and critical thinking are good for everyone. But do it intelligently. Get to know the Bible, so you actually know what you’re disagreeing with when you form an argument. Brush up on your theology so that you can explain why it’s so wrong. And have some compassion, for Christ’s sake – be polite and respectful when you enter into a debate, even when the person you’re debating with loses their cool. You want to prove that you’re better, more enlightened than Christians? Great, do it by remaining rational and level-headed in the face of someone who’s willing to stoop to personal attacks. To behave otherwise is to be just as bad as the people you’re debating.’

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  1. The Real Cie said, on March 31, 2013 at 3:19 am

    I think its possible to use sarcasm without being cruel. I had to learn how to do it, but I think I’ve been fairly successful. It’s rare that my snark is aimed at an individual anyway. Its usually an institution or cultural phenomenon which is the target of my razor tongue.

  2. The Real Cie said, on March 31, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    I think its possible to use sarcasm without being cruel. I had to learn how to do it, but I think I’ve been fairly successful. It’s rare that my snark is aimed at an individual anyway. Its usually an institution or cultural phenomenon which is the target of my razor tongue.
    This is a very well written piece.

  3. Russell Duffy said, on March 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Sane words to battle the insane. I have nothing at all against Christians. When I think of them as a body of people who wish to act like their so called Messiah. I think everyone has a right to follow whatever path they want. I think that old Hindu saying about having many paths going up a mountainside all reaching the same summit is right. Only a fool would say their path is the right way.
    What i dislike more than anything else if organised faith. The church sucks. Who needs it? Christians don’t. Why not follow Jesus but go direct? Talk to God person to deity. Cut out the middle man.!

  4. Valerie Tarico said, on April 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Greetings – The Bellejar article you linked “Easter is not named after Ishtar” refers to a Facebook meme that was just plain silly. It was factually inaccurate because it pointed to words that sound alike in different languages as evidence of relationship and because it conflated two goddesses, the anglo-saxon Easter and the sumerian Ishtar. However, the roots of the Christian resurrection story in the Sumerian Ishtar story appear much better grounded: http://awaypoint.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/ancient-sumerian-origins-of-the-easter-story/


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