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Monday, July 13, 2009

Promises, Promises

I was just watching a movie previe in which the following dialogue took place:

YOUNG GIRL: We're going to die!
NICHOLAS CAGE: I promise you, I will never, ever let that happen.

I've heard that sort of line often, and what's shocking is that it's always portrayed as a responsible parent doing the caring thing for his/her child! Yes, promising your child immortality -- it's the responsible thing to do.

9 comments:

  1. It's a handy dodge, no? Speaking for myself, I'll never "let" my children die; which is not to say they won't die without my letting them. Similarly, I'll never "let" a comet strike the Earth, commencing an extinction event. Oh no I will not.

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  2. There was something like this in the movie that the South Park guys made. (I can't remember the title, but it had the theme song, "America! F--- Yeah!") The girl wouldn't go to bed with him because she was afraid to lose him, so he promised her he would never die.

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  3. "The girl wouldn't go to bed with him because she was afraid to lose him, so he promised her he would never die."

    That`s a takeoff on Meatloaf`s "Dashboard Lights" song - you know, "praying for the end of time" and all that.

    MANKIND: We're going to die!
    GOD: I promise you, I will never, ever let that happen - as long as you love me (and do other things religious leaders tell you)..

    I've heard that sort of line often, and what's shocking is that it's always portrayed as a loving parent doing the caring thing for his/her child! Yes, promising Mankind immortality -- it's the responsible thing to do.

    Sorry, but the Devil made me do it!

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  4. And they called it child abuse when I put my infant into the cryopreservation chamber! Don't they understand we'll be able to recover brains in the future?

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  5. "MANKIND: We're going to die!
    GOD: I promise you, I will never, ever let that happen - as long as you love me (and do other things religious leaders tell you).."

    Tom, this is just what some jumble of atoms was caused to say by their collisions -- you're certainly not trying to say it's "false," are you -- "falsehood" is not made of matter and energy!

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  6. "I've heard that sort of line often, and what's shocking is that it's always portrayed as a loving parent doing the caring thing for his/her child! Yes, promising Mankind immortality -- it's the responsible thing to do."

    So, let me get this straight... there IS a God, but he's lying to us about immortality. (Notice that in any other case, your whole analogy falls apart.)

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  7. Maybe that's something a mere jumble of atoms said when "God" is claimed as the guarantor. Fine. But this I promise you: Forget this so-called "God" and instead believe in me, and then indeed, you will never die. (After a few vigintillion years, you'll beg to be terminated, which can be worked out on payment of a sufficient donation.)

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  8. Wabulon, I have believed in you for some time, and I have never died.

    QED

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  9. See?? The sooner you start believing in Me, the sooner you will be able to trust that no runaway garbage truck will turn you into a grease spot.

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