Sun, 19 Jan 1997 01:20:28
I must say you site is one of the more interesting that I have encountered on my somewhat short trip on the WWW. I'd like to cast one point of view into the fray if I may...
It is simply this. Atrocities have been committed throughout history in the name of almost every philosophy, religion, political agenda that one may acknowledge. Pol Pot is said to be responsible for 6 million torture-deaths in Cambodia-Campochia alone, all in the name of trying to save his country by destroying intellect and family. Stalin, Mao, The Spanish Inquisition, Columbus, Lincoln, Lee, et cetera were ALL responsible for ordering or performing atrocities, murders, et cetera in the name of a cause.
On the other hand, Jesus of Nazareth has never been linked historically with anything other that the actions of a peace maker (casting the money changers from the temple excluded). The only time he showed anger was when he was arguing against the very things that you argue against on you web pageoppression, hurt, ill will toward mankind. Those who followed in his name have their own histories to atone, but you can't hang their sins on the Nazarene, except in terms of projection, of religion.
My point is just this: humanity is by nature imperfect and subject to a wide variety and degree of existential imperfection and imperfectabilitysome quite devastating and horrible. Just because humanity can create a horror in the name of something does not mean that the something is neccessarily badjust the man.
Let's just call this my January benchmark,
"There is pain in changing and pain in staying the same. Choose the one that moves you ahead..."