Posted in politics, religion,, tagged Messiah, misquotes, Pharisees, religions, Shays rebellion, Thomas Jefferson, Timothy McVeigh on January 15, 2009|
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What connects McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber to Thomas Jefferson? Jefferson believed that each individual has “certain inalienable rights”. That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away. It is the right of “liberty” on which Jefferson is most notable for expounding. But what was his remark concerning the Shays Rebellion after he had heard of the bloodshed? Jefferson wrote to William Smith, John Adams’s son-in-law, “What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Several anti-government groups have pointed to these words of his to justify their violence. Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt when arrested bearing the words, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Do you think the reputation of Thomas Jefferson suffers because a bloody murderer like Timothy McVeigh had plastered the quote on his t-shirt? Merely because blatant injustice has been done on the earth in the name of God by some rogues and butchers ( and they also quote appropriate verses from their ‘holy books’,) Is God dead or has He become irrelevant?
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Had not Truth been constant, think of the waste of effort and time that we spend to give good account of ourselves at all times. Our moral imperatives are like a grapnel thrown to hold on to something immovable. Truth is the bedrock for cosmos whether it goes on expanding or static; similarly Truth is not proved wrong whatever theoretical universes man may put forward. (Newtonian model was replaced by Einstein’s theory.) Truth of man is not at fault but his nature that he is changeable, being stuck to his time and space.
Truth is like a star, a rest-frame against which, march of events may be seen if not fully understood.
In an earlier post I had explained love in relationship to Truth in the case of Christianity. Cardinal virtue of Islam is obedience to the will of Allah. Obedience to Truth is by no means a lesser virtue than love. The devil is in practice of religion. Love as embodied by Jesus within a century branched out, one group following St. Paul and the other St. Peter. If obedience to Truth is the foundation of Islam how is that Shi’ite and Sunni sects hold irreconcilable division? Did Buddhism fare any better? Truth is no more compromised than followers of sects who forget in their misguided zeal of course, all the needful lessons which religion upholds. The expression ‘Throwing the baby with bathwater’ in the case of religion can be rephrased thus: ‘To prove their sect as the right one, they cut the nose of truth to spite their prophets’.
Truth of nature is implied here. Truth absolute suffers no harm in whichever way truth of nature may express it.
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