Be intolerant [Tuesday, Jan. 04, 2005, 10:42 am]
There are so many classic tales of good vs. evil out there. And of course, good always wins in the end. But one thing I've noticed in some of the better stories is that the line between the two is usually very clear. Take Lord of the Rings for example: The "good guys" are very brave, noble, good-looking, disciplined. The "bad guys" are slimy, ugly, stupid, deformed, etc. It's really not an issue of what is good and what is evil - that's very cleary portrayed already. The issue is usually whether good will survive or not. And of course, it always does.
If only the line was clearer in the real world. We live in an age of "tolerance", in which no one supposedly has the right to say what's good or what's evil. Good is usually referred to as "love" (the most misused and misunderstood word in the English language, and probably all of the others too). Unfortunately, this general view of things confuses people. Well, if someone teaches "love", they must be "good", right? And if a teaching promotes anything that even appears "intolerant", it is categorized as "bad".
That's why it's no surprise to hear people trying to propagate the idea that Islam and Christianity are really the same. They both teach "love", right? You know what I think of when I hear things like that? An ape named Shift.
"Tash and Aslan are the same," he said. In reality, his "Tashlan" would probably be something like "Mohammed Christ" to us. But you can't mix the two. They aren't the same. One is completely right, and the other is completely wrong - no two ways about it. I'm sorry if I sound like a radical. But that's probably because I am.
The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the few stories I've read that goes beyond the simple "good vs. evil", and gets to the deeper issue: what is good, what is evil, and how do you tell? What do you do when everything you've ever known to be evil is masquerading as good? Because that's how it happens in the real world. Some forms of evil are clearly filthy, but others appear as angels of light.
I'm eagerly anticipating the release of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Personally I think they should have done "The Magician's Nephew" first, since that was the first one that happened. Who cares if it wasn't written first? If Tolkien had written Return of the King first, would it have been released as a movie first? Oh well. I shouldn't be complaining. I'll only complain if the movie ends up straying too far from the heart of the book.
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