Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Grace of God

Next time you get up tight about the Christian Right, consider this:

Recently the publisher of the short-lived Indonesian version of Playboy--a 'toned down' version of the magazine which displayed no nudity whatsoever (yes, people really did buy it for the articles), was arrested in Java and slapped in jail. At the initial hearing the charges were dropped and the man was released. This, however, gave rise to an immediate uproar from muslim extremists, demanding that the man be returned to jail (obviously, the will of the law and the court meant nothing). Forthwith, the publisher fled to the shores of Hindu Bali. If was not far enough. A few weeks later he was tracked down and arrested in Bali and returned to Jakarta, where he is now back in jail and facing a two year sentence.

If not for the grace of God . . . .

Friday, October 15, 2010

Does Human Morality Arise from Brain Chemistry?

Well it's a no brainer, right? And I do mean no brainer.

Yes, the latest scientific/medical research, along with follow-up studies from Harvard and Cambridge universities, suggests morality may be a function of serotonin levels in the brain (the high level indicating, I would guess, sainthood, the low level the serial killer).

So at last here is the answer to all societal woes, to crime and violence, bigotry, avarice--in a nutshell, as the apostle Paul put it, to adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. Hallelujah.

We need only dispense citalopram on a universal scale in order to have done once for all with this sad fallen world of ours and thereby enter the new--paradise, the New Jerusalem, Shangri-La, the Brave New World!

Somebody say Amen!