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Thursday, September 28, 2006

I made a cartoon about me and my church blogs...


  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Timothy V Reeves said…

    Now that’s subtle!

    In the saying “the pot calls the kettle black”, a saying intended to highlight hypocrisy, the pot is, of course, black. But your pot is white!

    Now, an affected false modesty, in it’s eagerness to engage in blatant and ostentatious displays of spiritual humility, might have made itself the subject of a charge of hypocrisy by making the pot black, and thereby trying to earn cheap spiritual brownie points using practices that religions the world over engage in, namely self-abasement. This sort of thing can culminate in obscene displays of self-flagellation. That’s merely spiritual pride with a negative sign. I detest it when I see it! It’s so human and it’s so unchristian, because as we know Christ took the stripes!

    But there is an ambiguity about your cartoon; is it supposed to convey an admission of hypocrisy and pride, in that you are admitting that you have wrongly thought of yourself as white and right? Or is it intended to convey that you really do think of yourself as white and right?

    Perhaps this ambiguity paradoxically conveys an unambiguous message; that is, that you are aware there is an awkwardness about your critique of the church; you are painfully aware that you are not only open to charges of hypocrisy and pride, but that you also understand the human predicament whereby we so easily succumb to pride, especially when engaged in a justified critique. I would like to think that the ambiguity here indicates some confidence in your position, a trait necessary to carry out a successful critique (which in my view you must continue) and yet at the same time an awareness of the hazard of pride and hypocrisy, which so easily claim us. In short, like the rest of us, you walk a tight rope, where the forces of pride can so easily bring about a fall and yet there is a need to maintain a self-confidence necessary to continue your work.


    Perhaps I’m reading too much into your joke, but that’s what I would like to read into it! Anyway, if you claim my interpretation is rubbish I can always claim that it’s your subconscious mind that has been at work! Life, even waking life, is not far removed from the dream paradigm. Jung would agree.

  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger Timothy V Reeves said…

    Scrap all that, it's rubbish; the joke is there to annoy the Shaun Humphries' of this world!

  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Ben F. Foster Esq. (c) said…

    that's pretty much the level of it.

    I was also trying to point out that in my critique I sometimes abjectly becomming the things I disparage.

    But I'm glad you looked deeper into that I thought people were just going `mer` at it :)


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