We’re going to be trying something different today. I’m eventually going to be making some weird comparison, but before that I have some notes on the Necronomicon I’d like to share with those of you who didn’t leave the moment I used the word “Necronomicon”. (And for those of you who are here because you have nothing better to do rather than because of an actual interest: you may move directly on to my post on rabies if you prefer. Don’t say I never gave you any other options.) By the way, I haven’t actually read any versions of it or anything by H.P. Lovecraft. I just did some Wikipedia research and I’m just going to take this opportunity to have some fun with it. It’s nice to spice things up occasionally.
To repeat before I begin: I just did the research on Wikipedia, so that’s where the quote came from.
A summary of the Necronomicon: “an account of [entombed primordial beings], their history, and the means for summoning them”, about things that lived in a place of questionable location a long time ago, cited by external sources to give it the quality of being true or real, many versions have been published.
The summary of the points on the Necronomicon shares striking similarities with the Bible as the latter: is an account of entombed (sometimes) dead beings, their (versions of) history, and the means for properly interacting with them (praying, singing certain things, sacrificing animals, obeying the rules put forth in the book, talking to angels, Jesus, saints, YHWY, stoning children to death, preforming surgery on infant male humans, giving financial offerings and so on); it is also about people/things that lived in or visited places of questionable location (or people of questionable origin as the authors couldn’t decide whether Jesus was “of Nazareth” or “of Bethlehem”); the Bible is also cited by external sources to give it the appearance of being true or real, and, like the Necronomicon, many versions of the Bible have been published.
I then propose that people who feel that the events and characters of the Bible were real should also admit that the characters and other details of the Necronomicon could be real as well since it would be illogical and downright insane to believe one thing with scant evidence backing it (especially since the Bible has been so thoroughly disproved so many times) while disbelieving another with a similarly low level of evidence backing it.
Of course I don’t believe people will actually do this because I feel they should know off the top of their heads that the Necronomicon is a work of fiction. I also feel that one of the key differences here is that they probably were not taught from a young age that the Necronomicon is real and accurate, thereby allowing them to see it for the fiction that it is. On the other hand, many people have been taught from a young age that the Bible is a real, accurate, and entirely true account of history and if they don’t believe it they will be tortured for all eternity (and since lives take time to be lived, that would either mean that this eternity includes the time the individual spends being alive and they are already being rewarded in heaven or punished in hell for things they haven’t even done yet [a;so raising the question: if this is already a part of the afterlife, do people stay on Earth or get reincarnated when they die seeing as how that would imply that we are already a bunch of living dead people], or it could mean that this lifetime occurs in a manner and space separate from time itself and that an individual would enter the space of time upon their death – and, really, even with those short and blunt explanations, both options sound ridiculous).
People being taught from a young age that the Bible is real naturally means that the more sheepish people (pardon my pun) will be unlikely to question it out of fear that they will find it to be something they cannot being themselves to truly believe. This would either mean that they would be tortured forever if it was real, and if it wasn’t real that would mean that they were lied to by adults they trusted as children and that at least some of their beliefs were based on fallacies as a result of that lying (that’s “beliefs” and not “morals” because Judeo-Christian religions don’t have a monopoly on the morals they got from the European religion, but things like a belief in miracles or whether Israel is a bandit state based on having been told that the Jews were promised that land by some invisible sand totem floating around in the sky or that they maybe used to live there for a while because some inaccurate trash of a book said so – those among opinions about things like same-sex marriage, stoning people to death, slavery, Sharia Law and so on).
This would be rather disturbing to the weak-minded as it would allow them to realize all the great questions that come with being alive, and the weak-minded do not desire profound questions or deviation from the norm as these things would require them to think and form their own opinions. They are rather like a very sensitive moss which only grows on the stillest of stones, trees and the like, yet dies as a result of the slightest agitation.
But to be fair: children who are especially gullible or who have an inadequate IQ cannot help but believe the things they are told by authority figures, so it is not automatically the child’s fault for believing utter fallacies on par with the level of such characters as the tooth fairy or the man in the moon (and they may confidently proclaim the moon to be made of cheese). In these cases it is more the fault of the authority figures who choose to abuse their power over easily-led children such as these in order to control the thoughts and actions of these people more effectively when they become adults.
As for the intelligent children: I would like to assume they would be able to discover the difference between fact and fiction on their own at some point. I would also like to be able to say with confidence that they would also be able to obtain socially acceptable morals on their own, given enough time, even with a complete absence of any religion be it Judeo-Christian or not.
These things don’t always happen, but at least I can say that socially acceptable morals don’t always develop with the presence of religion either.
To be frank: every graph, every article, every letter I’ve ever seen or read on the subject has claimed the majority of inmates in American prisons to be a member of a Judeo-Christian religion. I wonder on occasion whether there is actually a scientifically-proven link between religion and crime rates, but then I decide that would be too vague for me to have a good chance of finding relevant, independent studies if I were to look it up.
P.S. As a side note, I feel that there are enough versions of both the Bible and the Necronomicon and that no more should be made. Actually, there are probably far too many. Maybe people should start using them as firewood since they are in such abundance. Save electricity and all that.