Great Gift Ideas, Part One (R)

Well, only if you consider cyber sex with a witch or a demon something you think your kids might like for Christmas…

Trot on over to something called “Women of Grace” and read the article about the great new video games hitting the market.  Then go find a nice bucket to empty the contents of your stomach into.

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you are at the front of the train as it hurtles around the bend, and the bridge across the canyon is washed out?  Gone?  No way to stop?

Anyway, as time goes by, I’ll try to provide you with hints about things to keep your mind off the fiery end.  In the meantime, enjoy the ride.

Put on a video of Sunday’s extravaganza.  It’ll fill up a few hours.  Play a Poison CD.  Music has a calming, a sedative effect, they say.


2 responses to “Great Gift Ideas, Part One (R)

  1. Believe it or not, Pete, we are in some agreement here. I have noticed a stunning amount of Satanic imagery popping up all over the place in popular media. I do not play many video games and I’ve never been interested in the overtly violent ones. I am aware, though, of their increasingly heavy usage not just of generalized demonic imagery but specifically Satanic imagery. It alarms me that there are games out there promoting the acceptance of such gloom and darkness. I am not an advocate of being affiliated with any religion, Satanism included, and I hope those kids, if they are prompted to learn more about spirituality, will start with some books by Joseph Campbell.

    Alas, here is where we disagree: I am all for games, policies and programs which advocate the nonviolent dismantling of the church. I think it’s something which would be a great benefit to society, especially if we could finally incarcerate the tens of thousands of priests, bishops, cardinals and popes who sexually abused and/or covered up/facilitated the abuse of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of kids throughout the past century.


    • D.

      I am happy that you find us in, at least, some agreement. Perhaps the band width of agreement will grow as time goes on. I do hope so.

      I think the last video game I played was a mario brothers thing, or some version of pong even.

      Have you ever read Arthur Clarke’s “Childhood’s End”? I did, about a thousand years ago. If my memory serves me well…and it never seems to serve me as well as I hope it will, lately…the people in that book spent their days in a virtual world where what some “game’ projected was taken for the real world. There is a growing body of literature which documents the pitfalls awaiting those who find themselves ever more involved in what begin, to me, to look less and less like games. I begin to think that they are to games what pornography is to art, insofar as they appeal to the baser parts of our nature.

      I make no judgment about demonic or satanic influences, here, or whether or not some supernatural being will seize the hearts, minds and souls of unsuspecting youngsters and oldsters who spend appreciable parts of their lives…or even small parts of them, involved in “playing” these games. But, I do think that their effect is at least a coarsening of the mind and spirit, as was the case with the plebs at the games long, long ago.

      One can enter a place which is very difficult to exit, and forget that one was once a child of light.

      A long time ago I raised a bit of a ruckus on the campus of the college I attended by suggesting that we would all be better off if there were, to quote myself, “no church at all.” One of my professors, a World war II vet who had been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French for his bravery, reacted to my stirring of the pot by remarking simply that I was “very young”. We are in agreement that there was abuse, and that there was a cover up of many, most, all??, of those who were responsible for it, and, further that it was a grave sin against many. We do not agree on the numbers, but that is no matter. Nor on the time period. The church is a 2,000 year old institution. And, history has a funny way of repeating itself.

      As my first wife, may she rest in peace, often said, “We must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bath water.” Care must also be taken that we at all times understand, or try to understand, what is the will of God in responding to the events of history. He does have a plan, and the first thing it is not is usually the one we think is the best and only solution to any problem at the time it occurs to us. It may be why Christ stooped down to write in the sand while the stone throwers gradually walked away…to give them time to think about what they were planning to do and, perhaps, conclude it just wasn’t the right thing.

      Finally, I am very much aware these days of something St. Francis of Assisi lived by. He would look at a situation of evil in the world and be convicted in his heart because he firmly believed he was a cause of it. He believed that unless he was converted, then nothing he could do would have an effect for the good on anyone else.

      Peace to you, too. And, thank you for your comment.

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