Friday, September 23, 2011

Original Sin

There are lots of concepts in the Bible that are not just bad ideas -- they're downright WRONG.  Morally corrupt.  The one that always jumped out at me is Original Sin.  It's the idea that your Mom and Dad were essentially evil at the core and that makes YOU evil.  And you're going to be punished.  The great10000 grandchild of the parent gets punished for the sins of the parent.  Worse still, the supposed "Sin" of Genesis was the desire for knowledge and reason.  The story is just plain evil.  And it's the intro to the whole book, casting a pretty big shadow on the whole thing.  Good is bad.  Light is dark.  Reason is evil.  Ick.

Fast forward to present time and my favorite pitchman for convincing us we're all victims: Elizabeth Warren.  (Oh, you poor dear!  The world has treated you so poorly, making you buy that 3500 square foot house and forcing you to buy that $45,000 car!  IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!)

Her newest pitch seems to be causing a fervor on the internets:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you!

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea — God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.

But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
And there you have it: Original Sin.  Shame on you, you maker of things we want!  We coercively forced people to pay for roads and schools and didn't charge you a dime for using it. Now you actually had the nerve to drive on those roads and hire those educated folks as employees.  You BASTARD!  YOU OWE US! 

If you don't have a victim, make one.  Force them to pay for something they didn't ask for; give it to someone else, then make the victim angry and divert the blame.

Elizabeth Warren is God.  That's not a compliment.


Ninalocks said...

Spork, I look up to you as a person who is reasonable, and open minded to enlightenment. This is why I have to say, you're wrong about Original Sin. I'm not sure if you've ever read the bible, without preconceived notions or prejudices, just letting it interpret itself. Original sin was not sex. It was their consumption of the forbidden literal fruit. How else would it be logical for Him to ask them to populate the earth and the condemn them for doing so? Sadly that idea, along with many other misunderstandings, spread mainly by those who are supposed to be "teachers" of truth is what casts shadows on the bible. I'm not trying to be controversial, but as an avid bible student I have to say that statement is highly inaccurate. If it were true, I can understand why sincere people such as yourself and even myself would look down upon the bible and the God it portrays.

Spork In the Eye said...

So... I wasn't even trying to present the case that original sin was about sex. It was about consuming the fruit from the "Tree of knowledge of good and evil."

My issues with Original Sin as a morally corrupt concept:
1) you are guilty of it when you are born. You are guilty of the sins of your parents. This was actually the point of the rant -- the correlation of this to the socialist idea of owing money to others that were forced to pay for things you use.
2) Unmentioned in the rant, but evil still is the idea that someone without the knowledge of right and wrong is told not to do something that is wrong -- a concept they don't understand UNLESS THEY EAT THE FRUIT. This would almost make it an expost facto sin.
3) The bad guy. I hate that the bad guy is the guy sitting there arguing for reason. In fact, the name Lucifer literally translates to "bringer of light."

...but again... the point was intended to be about socialist ideals and how THEY predestined people to the sins of their fathers.