Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Imagine no religion?
Have you seen this billboard looming over Canal and Rampart Streets? The dimwit sponsors aim to be "thought provoking," and for the last week or so, I've been mildly provoked into thinking about humanity without religion.
Oh God, where to begin? Imagine no Anghor Wat, no Parthenon, no Great Pyramid; no Mass in C. Minor, no most of J.S. Bach, no Mahalia Jackson singing "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"; no Dalai Lama, no Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, no Theresa of Avila (no Bernini's heart-stabbing masterpiece, either); no Ovid's Metamorphoses, no Dante's Inferno, no Diary of a Country Priest, novel by George Bernanos and movie by Robert Bresson; no masks, no ritual objects, no sinuous mud-daubbed shrines to their ancestors by the Dogon...well, you get the drift.
I may go to hell for my irreligion, but I'll be damned if I want to live in a world that would deny so much of human feeling and imagination.