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Thread #16574   Message #155383
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
29-Dec-99 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: Wasn't this about music?
Subject: RE: Wasn't this about music?
Psychedelic???

Is this an example of what Chet talks about a couple of sentences on: "One of the phenomena of modern times seems to be that ideas and words change their meanings to suit the moment, no matter how absurd the shift, and we as a culture just accept it or ignore it."

But aside from the "psychedelic" tag, I agree with Chet. Words get stolen and misapplied to describe things that try to destroy every good thing they stand for. "National Socialism." "White Aryan Christian." And you could find equivalent groups claiming to be Muslim, Hindu, Jewish... It's a pity the term Blasphemy has been hijacked a few times too often, because that is what is involved here.

"This machine destroys Fascists" was what Woody Guthrie had on his guitar. I wish it was as straightforwared as that. Rick's musical hero who turned out to be KKK demonstrates that it isn't. The Devil really does have good tunes sometimes.

"It is a test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it," wrote one of my favourite people, Chesterton. He meant, make a joke about it from the inside. I think that's a pretty good test, and one that the nastier examples that outrage Chet would never pass.