Saturday, June 18, 2005

The story of Isaac

I've been listening to Leonard Cohen's music a lot recently, in particular 'The story of Isaac'. Every time I hear this song I can not help but think that the Bible is wrong and that Abraham clearly failed the test of God. That is, if the God represented in the bible is supposed to be a benevolent deity.

For those of you unfamiliar with 'The story of Isaac', this is the story of Abraham being told by God to murder his own son Isaac in the name of God. A sacrifice to the gods. I believe it is mend to show in ancient days that this God did not demand you to kill human beings or make great sacrifices and that believe and trust in God is all you need. Because God stops Abraham once he is convinced that Abraham will really kill his own son just because some deity told him so; blind faith.

And that is where I think Abraham, or this God, failed. You can never lay your own responsibly in the hands of others. Nothing can order you to harm others in this way and take away your responsibility. The real test is to stand-up for an innocent, Isaac in this case, and defend him or her. To always stand for what is righteous and what is good. No greater power should ever tempt you to do harm to others and you give into it. Especially not when it greater power claims it will take responsibility for it.

This is exactly how the Germans where able to do such harm to the Jews during the second world war for example. They where "following orders for the greater good by a higher authority they put their trust in". This is also how people justify terrorist attacks and sending people to their deaths in suicide runs. Various psychological experiments also showed that most people will murder their fellow human beings if somebody else with authority says it's their responsibility. All this can be found in the basic logical flaw that is Abraham and Isaac in the bible. Blind faith and lack of responsibility into anything that claims to be a higher authority is wrong, and becomes a great crime once it's used to justify harm to others.

"You who build these altars now
To sacrifice these children,
You must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
And you never have been tempted
By a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
Your hatchets blunt and bloody,
You were not there before,
When I lay upon a mountain
And my father’s hand was trembling
With the beauty of the word."
- Leonard Cohen 'The story of Isaac'

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

and the silence continues...

After a long silence I thought I would put up a small post to mostly confirm the silence on my weblog. Due to a total lack of interest in being online and the internet I have not really been updating this website at all. I am sure in the future I will again. But for now, let the silence continue.

Other then that, YES! Like many other Dutch I voted no for the Europian constitution and it became a massive no. Rejecting the constitution. This really is a step towards a real and better Europe, and not the mistake politicians tried to make of Europe. For a better Europe, I am quite glad this happend!