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"As long as a population can be induced to believe in a supernatural hereafter, it can be oppressed and controlled. People will put up with all sorts of tyranny, poverty, and painful treatment if they're convinced that they'll eventually escape to some resort in the sky where lifeguards are superfluous and the pool never closes. Moreover, the faithful are usually willing to risk their skins in whatever military adventure their government may currently be promoting. When the sixth veil drops, there will be a definite shortage of cannon fodder.

"Those in high places are not immune. While the afterlife concept renders the masses manageable, it renders their matters destructive. A world leader who's convinced that life is merely a trial for the more valuable and authentic afterlife is less hesitant to risk starting a nuclear holocaust. A politician or corporate executive who's expecting the Rapture to arrive on the next flight from Jerusalem is not going to worry much about polluting oceans or destroying forests. Why should he?

"Thus, to emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on heaven is to create hell."

-Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

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wishingwell111
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
I love Tom Robbins. Have you read Jitterbug Perfume?
jnanacandra
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm pretty sure I've read everything he's ever published.

But SKaA is my all-time favorite.
pangaia93
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
I think its safe to say that everything truly useful I've learned can be found in a T.R. novel.

Thank you for the lovely reminder!
1_aga
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Tom Robbins is my favorite philosopher
I often remind myself that my heart must be lighter than a feather.
leroy484
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Good ol' Tom.
One of the best lessons I've ever taken from a book was from Another Roadside Attraction. I don't remember names, but one of the characters has just been bailed out of jail by the two primary characters, and they're walking in the rain. The two primaries are walking along, heads up, for all the world like it's not raining at all. The other guy, fresh out of the slammer, is all hunched over, but he realizes he is getting just as wet as they are. He's just not very comfortable about it.

I think of this every time I'm walking in the rain.
azaz_al
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Good ol' Tom.
Ah, Amanda, Ziller, and Max Marvelous.
leroy484
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Good ol' Tom.
YES!!
litch
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Good ol' Tom.
Yeah, ARA is definately my favorite TR book
nix_nevermind
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Good ol' Tom.
For some reason this reminds me of the time a comfy acquaintance told me, "Hell is going to the park to see dog shit."
princekermit
Jul. 13th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yum.
nix_nevermind
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I found this entry though ethernight. Thank you for posting this quote! I feel like memorizing it!
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