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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION . . . (one page per day) Page 93 of 252

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A satire of dysfunctional politics and economic disparity.  

Chapter IX: Day/Page 93 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . .  CHAPTER IX: Faith-Based Law

“I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. These two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.”  ― George Carlin [1937-2008]

Not all policies enacted by the right-hand side were purely economic. In addition to their staunch adherence to Dribble-Down Theory and dog-eat-dog economics, the other area of great import was their rigid unquestioning faith in religious mythology, which they used to shroud over facts. Initially there were many liberal, progressive religious groups on the Blue Planet, who saw in their faithful conviction a sense of responsibility to others, particularly the poor and less fortunate. But the right-handed faith groups would not abide such leftist ideology which sought to embolden the dispossessed; and so, just as the radical right had gutted the left in the arena of politics, so did they eviscerate the left in the realm of religion, too.

Liberal religious doctrine which sought to explore the meaning of a moral life, and the obligations and responsibilities inherent with leading such a life, were quashed by those demanding an end to critical thinking, while imposing their intolerant dogma. To think critically was to criticize, said the zealots on the right; and that never resulted in anything good, because one could not criticize the word of the right, without criticizing the word of god, since the two were one and the same, according to them. Only the narrow, rigid ideology espoused by the right was held to be true—all else was considered a lie.

Progressive religious ideas could never compare to the mythology of The Great Book, they said. A book they deemed to hold the revelations of their god; a book drafted thousands of years ago by superstitious people living in tents who believed the world to be flat, were ignorant of scientific principles, and were certain that thunder, lightning, wind and rain, were divinely-inspired acts of their god. Acts of a wrathful, jealous, and insecure god, who was even more wrathful, jealous, and insecure than they were. Whatever petty or lofty thing these people could do or imagine, their god could do it much better. From the worthiest high to the wickedest low, their god was master of it.

So what if these people were scientifically-ignorant superstitious goat herders, zealots on the right proclaimed. So what if The Great Book was written, rewritten, edited and changed, over thousands of years by subsequent groups of ignorant, superstitious people—some with agendas to grind—making it impossible to know which parts of the story had supposedly been revealed by god, and which parts redacted by people.

Who cares? None of that matters! How can  . . .


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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James      All rights reserved


About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.


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