Friday, January 13, 2006
Futilitarians: King Solomon, St. Paul, & Me
Futility, get used to it. Sure, you'll go through the stage of denial in which you strive to make a utopia (be it some patriarchal home-schooled courtship hell or hunter-gatherer hobbit-hopes-in-a-hemp-skirt or money making till my bank balance has a gravitational field or a military insistence for one-man-one-vote for one-man-four-wives barbarian or make up your own , it's fun). Then the stage of frustration ("So I hated life" said Solomon and "groan inwardly" said St. Paul, "oh heck," said Evan). Finally, because we have to do something, a tactic. "Enjoy life", recommends the King. "Long for and bask in your future and guaranteed Glory" suggests the Apostle. "I'm gonna do both," saith the Oracle. "Thanks boys!"
Oh yeah, "futilitarian" is a term free of copyright. Use it with legal impunity but if you are a gentleman, you'll mention my name as its "reverend father", as in "Evan, he of oracular giftings and the reverend father of the Futilitarians once said...". It doesn't matter if you love me or like me as long as you quote me.