Heather Keith Freeman (jnanacandra) wrote,
Heather Keith Freeman

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quote for the day

"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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