miércoles, 17 de marzo de 2010

10 mandamientos revisited

Christopher Hitchens revisa los 10 mandamientos aquí y llega a la conclusión de que algunas reformas son necesarias, mismas que comparto:

"I am trying my best not to view things through a smug later prism. Only the Almighty can scan matters sub specie aeternitatis: from the viewpoint of eternity. One must also avoid cultural and historical relativism: there’s no point in retroactively ordering the Children of Israel to develop a germ theory of disease (so as to avoid mistaking plagues for divine punishments) or to understand astronomy (so as not to make foolish predictions and boasts based on the planets and stars). Still, if we think of the evils that afflict humanity today and that are man-made and not inflicted by nature, we would be morally numb if we did not feel strongly about genocide, slavery, rape, child abuse, sexual repression, white-collar crime, the wanton destruction of the natural world, and people who yak on cell phones in restaurants. (Also, people who commit simultaneous suicide and murder while screaming “God is great”: is that taking the Lord’s name in vain or is it not?)
It’s difficult to take oneself with sufficient seriousness to begin any sentence with the words “Thou shalt not.” But who cannot summon the confidence to say:
-Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.
-Do not ever use people as private property.
-Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.
-Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.
-Do not condemn people for their inborn nature—why would God create so many homosexuals only in order to torture and destroy them?
-Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.
-Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife. -
-Turn off that fucking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us.
-Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.
-Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.

In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form."

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