?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Grrr... - The Cover Story
October 2013
 
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
 
Fri, Jul. 16th, 2004 07:37 am
Grrr...

Dear Lord. I thought we were past this sort of thing.

4CommentReplyShare

petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Fri, Jul. 16th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)

*shrug*

Our church had a ceremonial burning of our last mortgage bill several years ago. That was likely smaller than what they were talking about, though.


ReplyThread
bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Fri, Jul. 16th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)

Perhaps. There is, though, a dramatic different between burning a mortgage in celebration of a debt repaid, and burning books, the very emblem of human knowledge and capacity for learning, in a misplaced show of faith. I am a firm believer that possessing knowledge can never be a bad thing, and burning books, even works of fiction, is destruction of knowledge.

The computer scientist in me rebels again destruction of data :-)


ReplyThread Parent
petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Sat, Jul. 17th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)

Just to take the other side (which I'm not sure I'm for, but think I'm capable of arguing for):

Burning those books is not destroying the human race's knowledge of the contents of those books, any more than burning the last bill from the bank destroys the church's or bank's record of the previous transactions.

It's burning things in a celebration of no longer needing those things. It's more similar to the morgage-burning than one might think at first.


ReplyThread Parent
jjlc
jjlc
jjlc
Sat, Jul. 17th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC)

People are burning their own personal possessions, which it's hard to argue against. My presumption would be that they're burning books, magazines, clothing, and CDs which they would otherwise be tempted to read, look at, wear, or listen to, and that these items would tempt them to sin, break good habits, or keep them from having a pure thought life in some way. Burning these things would remove the temptation, as well as symbolizing that sin and worldly things have no hold on them. If this is their goal, more power to them.
If, on the other hand, they are buying these things in order to burn them, patronizing the perpetrators of the "evil," then we should be laughing at them.


ReplyThread Parent