Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Simpsons and The Holy

This is taken from the inestimable David Dark's chapter on The Simpsons from his book, Everyday Apocalypse

The alternative to being so destructively fault-finding is magnanimity, the generosity of mind that is the most difficult and most needful thing. It's our only shot at real joy. It's the patience that makes it possible to enjoy the company of other people, and it's the only thing that makes any of us at all bearable. In its most specifically apocalyptic moments, The Simpsons gives hints of a future in which we might eventually tire of underestimating one another, of despising one another's faces, of being bored with our very lives. What are we until we start to see our own strengths and struggles in the faces of other people? This is the more excellent way of imaginative sympathy, which disabuses us of all pharisaical arrogance. The primary task (the art) of morality is the deep imagining of what it is like to be someone other than ourselves; specifically, the person who inherits (immediately or eventually) the consequences of our words and actions.

And...mind blow complete. If you have a problem, or in any way disagree with what you have just read then you can go straight to hell—oh wait, shoot, that would be in absolute and direct opposition to everything he was just saying. Never mind, I love all of you as you are (but I love you, and myself, too much to leave us where we're at).

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