Evidence: The Three Stooges.
Anyone wants to argue with me? So be it. We'll move on.
Hypothesis 2: Human stupidity often makes the most engaging tragedy.
Evidence: King Lear, as in dude,don't punish the only daughter telling you the truth.
Anyone wants to argue? We’ll move on.
Hypothesis 3: Frequently the best comedy and the most tragic combine into a tangled mass of clusterf#ck.
Would you like an example? I was hoping you'd ask.
On 3/21 Elizabeth Lev, on Politics Daily wrote a little ditty, In Defense of the Catholic Clergy (Or Do We Want Another Reign of Terror?) http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/21/edmund-burke-clerical-scandal-and-the-reign-of-terror/ . Her premise is pretty straightforward, the persecution of the Catholic Church during the French Revolution was a sign that the whole society was about to hit the shi*tter. Sure enough, the Reign of Terror descended upon France.
What is the lesson to be learned today?
The current scandals of the Church are a sign that we are on the road to another Reign of Terror. She implies that the percentage of child abuse in America done by Priests is quite low. Is it only a coincidence that all these scandals suddenly erupt when the Health Care vote happens? This is a conspiracy.
She ends her piece on a cautionary note, "One hopes Americans will have the good sense to change course long before we reach that point " (The point being a future Reign of Terror due to the moral voice of the Church being silenced.)
Excuse me. My brain hurts because of all the stupid it ingested from this article.
There, I'm better now.
Revolutions are violent (d'uh). Our Revolution (U.S.) was different from others because it was a conservative movement. The colonies were fighting for rights they already had (Britain had a lax policy with the colonies until The French and Indian War was over). Other Revolutions like the Russian and the French were absolute craziness. Each Revolution was actually series of conflicts (mini-revolutions) where the more radical elements take over. Example: The Russian Revolution started out as a democratic movement (you could trace it back to 1905) and then Moderate Communists (yes, there were moderate communists) staged a coup, and then the Bolsheviks, who were (and are) motherf*ck'n crazy violent took over.
What does that mean?
It means that everyone gets screwed in those conflicts, not just the Church.
To equate our current stable American society to that of the French Revolution is at best ignorant at worst deceptive. To compare our society's inquiry of child abuse by the Church and the killing of priests during the French Revolution is absurd.
In terms of Reigns of Terror the Church has done quite a few in it's time: The Crusades, The Inquisition, The Thirty Years War, Persecution of Jews, to name a few. Ms. Lev wants us to believe that the Church is nothing but smiles, rainbows, and puppy dogs.
Is this even worth pointing out? It needs to be. Whenever a religious group (Islamic, Catholic, Scientology) faces real scrutiny they hide under the, "Gosh gee, stop being intolerant of us. It's obviously a conspiracy to discredit our really keen organization."
And this is obviously Purgatory.