Jan. 27th, 2015


When it is not raining, what will the primitive tribe do? It will arrange a ritual, perhaps a sacrifice of a living human being – their god is very bloodthirsty. Or, if the tribe has evolved a little, then instead of a man it will choose an animal. If the tribe has evolved a little more then it will choose not even an animal, not even a man, but something similar.

For example, in India they break a coconut because is very similar to the skull of a man. They put a little mustache on it, add two eyes, a little nose. In fact, in Hindi the skull is called 'khopri' and the narial 'a coconut' is called 'khopra'. They have found a good substitute. They think whatever makes them feel pleasure also makes their god feel pleasure in the same way. A naked, beautiful girl will be placed before the god, all kinds of foods will be prepared and placed before the god, and they will go into a mad dance: it is a way of pleasing the god.

God is displeased, that's why rains are not coming. If he is pleased, rains will be coming – and rains, sooner or later, do come; then their ritual is proved valid. Once in a while it happens that rains don't come at all. Then the god is really very badly displeased and needs more sacrifice, more ritual.

This is the lowest kind of religion – call it magic-religion – the belief that just by chanting a few words, doing a few actions, you can change the course of existence. It is simply stupid. Existence has no need of your sacrifices, existence has no need of your dances – and nothing reaches to existence. But the instinctive man, the primitive man, cannot do more than that. That is the limit of his understanding.

Jan. 23rd, 2015

Солдаты на пульте капусту рубили,
Какую-то кнопку случайно разбили.
Долго смеялись над шуткой в ООН,
В бесплодной пустыне ища Пентагон.

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