To celebrate this one-hundredth posting on my blog, I offer another gem of wisdom for what it’s worth to the many millions who don’t read my postings.
I’m not one given to thumping on the holy books of any sect, except for plagiarizing the Aztec codices, but that’s a matter of art. However, I keep thinking of the biblical parable of demonic possession because it seems particularly cogent nowadays.
From my naïve (and eccentric) position, it sure looks to me like the majority of the human race is possessed by demons. Those evil spirits are easily named as the traditional seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth—and all the synonyms and corollaries under each… These behaviors are deadly not only to the perpetrator but also to everybody else. Infection by even one of them is like poison in a well. Complexes, which are frighteningly frequent (and painfully apparent in certain public figures!), are especially lethal. By the way, I’m talking here about the whole world.
So what happens in the biblical parable? The demons are exorcised, i.e., driven out, into a herd of undeserving swine that stampedes off a cliff into the sea and drowns. Nice way to dispose of trash, I guess, but nowadays we don’t have that technology. And I don’t believe in scape-hogs.
[This photo of cute little piggies is lifted from www.swarkansasnews.com in appreciation for it coming from Nashville, a civilized town quite close to my childhood home in the woods where I had all my Neolithic dentistry done. And in memory of my prize-winning shoat, a Poland China hog named Cornpone the Magnificent. He earned me the title of 4-H County Champion Boy!]
Even without swine to drown the evil spirits, our demon-ridden humans are obviously, but obliviously, stampeding headlong over economic, ecological, and spiritual cliffs. Unfortunately, their suicide may well kill off virtuous humans too, not to mention other life-forms on earth. Let’s hope at least the innocent pigs survive. Their intelligent brains might eventually evolve into sentience, and one might even boldly go where no pig has gone before!