Monday, May 31, 2010

Gott ist tot

Hey, it's Maureen's DH!! and this being my first official post I'd like to state to the anonymous readers: I don't think you're all cowards, only if you seek to defame and slander under your anonymity; that is cowardly and holds no respect. Anyway I have been honoured with an invitation to post here at MBB, and I've accepted!

So, there we were, our 8yro daughter and I, in the dining-room and she asked a question apropos the Mad Hatter and his head twirling capabilities whilst he was futterwacken. Thereupon I explained and this conversation ensued:
'The Mad Hatter, darling, is a fictional character, just like in a cartoon they can make it look like his head is spinning; but it really isn't.'
'What's a "fictional character"?'
'Fictional characters are people, animals, things, that don't really exist; like Santa Claus.'
'Santa is real!'
'Well then, like the Easter Bunny.'
'Dad! the Easter Bunny is real as well.'
'OK, then like who?' I ask my knowledgeable daughter who is looking up at me, eyes full of retribution and scorn for proclaiming the myth, and she pauses to think, and looks away. Her gaze returns carrying in it's wake a glint and a grin.
'Like God?' She almost whispers.
'Well, yes.' I reply, proud and shocked. Previously all of my theological discussions with our little angel have been more along the lines of god's existence being up to the individual and if she wanted to believe in god that that would be OK with us. I continued 'Don't you believe in god any more?'
'Well, I did, but then we went to Scitech and they said that everything around us came from the sun. At church they told us that everything comes from god. So, I don't think that god is real.'

Our conversation continued of course but ended with the same sentiment: Gott ist tot.

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
—Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann

Or a more contemporary take:

God is dead,
and no one cares.
If there is a hell
I'll see you there.
Nine Inch Nails, Heresy

Here's to our fictional characters (or should that be Fictional Characters?)



  1. Science wins again! That's one smart daughter you have there.

    Not everyone is capable of understanding that when there are two incompatible narratives, one has to be wrong.

  2. I started reading this one to my wife, but had to stop around the Santa Claus bit... Most of ours still believe in that myth, and if they don't I think they've figured out that letting us know that they know, might end the presents!

    Anyway... Enjoyed your thoughts! You're going to have to hop on here more often.

  3. Thanks guys. Yes, she is a smart cookie.

  4. Yay neesh! I remember asking Maureen about how that scitech film would have affeted her had she still been with the church- it definately left no room for a 'creator'.

    I think a regular guest spot would be welcome T. what does DH stand for?

  5. Dear Husband. I don't know if it's a Mormon blog thing or an online thing ... I first picked it up at fMh. Just like DW.

    Here's some more -

    AP - Assistants to the President, mission president's top missionaries/henchmen
    BIC- Born In the Covenant (parents had been sealed in the temple prior to your birth)
    BIL - Brother-in-Law
    BKP - Boyd K Packer
    BoA - Book of Abraham
    BoM - Book of Mormon
    BP - Branch President
    BTW - By The Way
    BY - Brigham Young
    BYU - Brigham Young University
    CHI - Church Handbook of Instruction
    CK - Celestial Kingdom, where God lives and all Mormon believers strive to reach
    COB - Church Office Building
    COJCOLDS - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    COP - Corporation of the President
    CTR - Choose the Right, a mormon saying and common sybmol on rings worn by Mormons
    D&C - Doctrine and Covenants
    DH - Dear Husband
    DL - District Leader, responsible for 3 or 4 sets of missionaries
    EQ - Elder's Quorum
    ET - Ezra Taft Benson
    FAIR - Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, apologetic organization
    FARMS - Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, Church apologetic organization
    FIL - Father-in-Law
    FKAM- Formerly Known As Mormon
    FPR = Faith Promoting Rumor
    FS - Fast Sunday
    FTM - Fast and Testimony Meeting
    F&T - alternate for fast and testimony meeting
    G - Grin
    GA - General Authority
    GBH - Gordon B. Hinckley
    HC - High Council
    HP - High Priest
    HT - Home Teacher
    IMO - In My Opinion
    IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
    IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble Opinion
    ISPART - Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, church apologetic organization
    JoD - Journal of Discources
    JS - Joseph Smith
    JW - Jehova's Witnesses
    LDS - Latter-Day-Saint
    LOL - Laugh Out Loud
    MIL - Mother-in-Law
    MINO Mormon In Name Only
    MMM - Mountain Meadows Massacre
    MP - Mission President
    MTC - Missionary Training Center
    NT and N/T - No Text message (only a subject)
    OMG - Oh My God
    PEC - Priesthood Executive Meeting
    PH - Priesthood
    PoP - Perl of Great Price
    PoGP - Pearl of Great Price
    PPI - Personal Priesthood Interview
    ROFL - Roll on the Floor Laughing
    ROFLMAO - Rolling on the Floor Laughing My Ass Off
    ROFLMAO/PIMP - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off and Peeing In My Pants
    RM - returned missionary; prime marriage prospect for young LDS women
    RS - Relief Society
    RSP - Relief Society President
    SHC - Stake High Council
    SIL - Sister-in-Law
    SP - Stake President
    SWQ - Spencer W. Kimbal
    TBC - True believing Christian
    TBM - True Blue Mormon or True Believing Mormon
    TSCC - "The So-Called Church"
    VT - Visiting Teacher
    WTG - Way To Go
    YM - Young Mens
    YSA - Young Single Adult
    YW - Young Womens
    ZL - Zone Leader, responsible for several districts