Re: The Final Imprisonment?
History, that final of all judges has discarded uncountable examples into its own dustbin of oblivion and progress has often required the uncomfortable business of discarding baseless reason and institution. That process, the bloody chore of prying men loose form the myths they have created about themselves and forthemselves.
This personification of History is pretty much worthless because it can be used relatively by each opposing side in any debate.
However, even if you took this statement at face value, it is pretty false. Even if the great Greek civilisation with it’s emphasis on logic and reason did not survive, the ideas that prevailed in that society did survive and we are applying and debating those ideas with as much fervour today than in those days of the Greeks.
I guess the same thing can be said of religion as well. Although many religions have been discarded on the wayside the core concepts of religion such as believing in the unseen remains intact with humans throughout the ages.
Yet nothing that Klatu’s has provided in support of his NEW RELIGION suggest that this religion is going to escape the “dustbin of history”. All we have is his word that this is so.
Now I don’t want to sound flippant but even some of those great ancient religions that eventually did get discarded had much more going for it than some obscure promise by an individual that what he states is true with a scripture that reflects many of those ancient scriptures that HAS GOT DISCARDED. My impression is that Klatu is trying to “clothe an old emperor in new clothes” in an age when all reasonable people have stopped believing that the emperor is supreme.”