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Monday, June 27, 2011

Nothing Is Sacred

The past few evenings I’ve been watching several comedians on Netflix.  One I particularly enjoyed was Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words.  At first glance, the idea that nothing is sacred is a disagreeable notion.  But when one considers that it is part of human nature to have the capacity to corrupt even the most noble pursuits with selfishness, pride, and even stupidity, then the concept that all is fair game for a little deflating is a good thing.  One may say, surely religion is sacred territory—no fun should be made of it.  Yet, the efforts of man to define and describe God and to develop religious institutions are subject to the same foibles as all of man’s efforts.  In fact, it is my belief that the more faith and confidence one has in one’s religion, then the less defensive and sensitive that person will be to a little humor made at their own expense.  The faithful and confident know they are fundamentally right in their belief while being well aware that they fall far short of perfection in the expression of it.

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