The Word of Pterry

November 9, 2007 - 3:48 pm
Irradiated by LabRat
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“If I thought there was some god who really did care two hoots about people, who watched over ‘em like a father and cared for ‘em like a mother… well, you wouldn’t catch me sayin’ things like “there are two sides to every question” and “we must respect other people’s beliefs.” You wouldn’t find me just bein’ gen’rally nice in the hopes that it’d all turn out right in the end, not if that flame was burnin’ in me like an unforgivin’ sword. And I did say burnin’ Mr. Oats, ’cause that’s what it would be. You say that you people don’t burn folk and sacrifice people anymore, but that’s what true faith’d mean, y’see? Sacrificin’ your own life, one day at a time, to the flame, declarin’ the truth of it, workin’ for it, breathin’ the soul of it. That’s religion. Anything else is just… just bein’ nice. And a way of keepin’ in touch with the neighbors….

…Anyway, that’s what I’d be, if I really believed. And I don’t think that’s fashionable right now, ‘cos it seems that if you sees evil now you have to wring your hands and say “oh deary me, we must debate this”. That my two penny’orth, Mr. Oats. You be happy to let things lie. Don’t chase faith, ‘cos you’ll never catch it. But perhaps you can live faithfully.”

– Granny Weatherwax to the Most Reverend Mightily Oats, from Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum

ETA: I don’t wholly agree to this- and neither does Pratchett, who usually paints Granny Weatherwax as damaged by her own absolutism- but it’s what constantly pops into my head when Christians lament to me that I take the Bible more literally than they do.  To my view, then why have it at all?

No Responses to “The Word of Pterry”

  1. daddyquatro Says:

    WTF!
    Are you on some kind of mailing list? Did you enter a drawing for a gym membership? Visit the “Bots ‘R Us” website?

    Nevermind.

    Update- Feel free to delete.
    But seriously.
    “Can you say ‘Bot Magnet? I knew that you could.”

  2. daddyquatro Says:

    BTW,
    I get this error message when I edit comments even though the edit takes.

    WordPress database error: [You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '' at line 1]
    SELECT comment_content, comment_author_IP, comment_date_gmt FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_ID =

    You aren’t allowed to edit this comment, either because you didn’t write it or you passed the 30 minute time limit.

    I know you have nothing better to do than chase down WordPress bugs, Sting.
    Just trying to be helpful.

  3. Stingray Says:

    I’ve got a few anti-bot plans in the works, hopefully for this weekend. While I’m poking under the hood I’ll see if I can nail the comment bug while I’m at it. Thanks for pointing it out though. I probably never would’ve noticed since LabRat and I can edit our comments through the main controls if necessary.

  4. mdmnm Says:

    If I had a dollar for every time some Pratchett bit came to mind, I’d be a richer man. I find myself much in sympathy with Granny Weatherwax, as a fellow who similarly lacks that all important faith but who spent much time with the faithful.

  5. LabRat Says:

    I think a less lonely (well, assuming both my spouse and my relationship survive) version of Granny is almost certainly a good image of what my old age is going to look like.

    Right now I’ve got more in common with Susan Sto Helit. It’s been said that Pratchett finds it impossible to write a female character that really is soft and warm through and through without a core of steel. It may be a weakness as a writer, but it’s one I can easily forgive.