09/06/2006 3 min #1201

A méditer

Un texte pour méditer tatn ce qui y est exprimé est vrai, si évident qu'on

oublie que ce n'est pas une fatalité!

Pour en revenir à nos chers "sauvages", leur conditionnement mental collectif

était tellement différent du notre que cette idée de pouvoir hiérarchique et

de loi à obéir sous la contrainte et la peur du châtiment qui est ancrée dans

nos inconscients leur était complètement étrangère.

Il y a un gigantesque travail de déconditionnement à effectuer avant d'évoluer

vers d'autres formes sociales. Par où commencer? Par des BDs? J'y pense

depuis un temps certain.... Qui veut écrire un scénarion? Je ferais les

illustrations...

Interview with Grant Morrisson, author of _The Invisibles_

THE PULSE: You said you view some of the world's greatest religions like

sci-fi. Howso? Or is it just some religions that are like sci-fi?

MORRISON: Imagine a new technology which allowed ideas to be somehow grasped

from the air, transformed into symbols and recorded on stone or papyrus.

When gazed upon by an educated person, these images would then transform

themselves magically into consistent sounds in the head.

We're so familiar with written language that we sometimes forget how

outlandish a concept it must have seemed to our ancestors. Writing allowed

people to copy and transfer their thoughts and their tribal codes of conduct

to others, even unto generations they themselves would not live to

personally instruct, affect or control. The words themselves must have

seemed alive and immortal and as "holy" as ghosts. Written law was thus a

way of mastering time and influencing the future, a weapon greater than fire

and steel, I hope you'll agree. When read, the written word made the head

buzz and ring and fill up with voices and commands from nowhere, as if god

himself had come thundering down through the symbols, off the page and into

the room, fertilising and impregnating the mind with his Ghostly,

unmistakable presence.

So god (ie yahweh, jehovah, allah) always watching us, always judging, is, I

believe, a living concept which emerged along with the early development of

alphabets, to prey on developing human minds. In return for providing a lush

spawning ground, the "God" meme rewards the human mind with simple

satisfying but ultimately incomplete explanations regarding its place in a

complex and frightening universe. What the three "Religions of the Book"

call "god," I call a virulent and hard-to-kill memetic structure finding its

perfect technological carrier medium at a critical time in the history of

humanity.

The wholly masculine "god" of the monoreligions is a personification of

written law and its strange effect on our brains. "He" is the cop in the

head who constantly checks our behavior to ensure that we don't step too far

beyond the limits our culture has established and expected us to

internalise. "He" demands obedience and the performance of irrational

rituals in "His" name. We've got so used to that hectoring critical voice in

our heads and have so many new explanations for it that most of us don't

call it "god" anymore and churches are emptying

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