Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Live-Blogging God's Plan

You wouldn't think so, but I am live-blogging god's plan on this precious, precious, blog, and if you have a blog, even if it is a more screechily atheistic blog than this one, you're live-blogging god's plan too! It's all god's plan -- everything is. Every position of every quark is part of god's plan; every machination of every child-raping priest is part of it; every particle of soiled cat litter is part of it; every bob of every chicken's head is part of it; everything that happened in the Atlantic Ocean during the years 1560 CE, 1560 BCE, and last Thursday was part of it; every mis-heard song lyric was part of it; every act of war and every act of kindness was part of it; every little, big, medium-sized, indeterminate, unknowable, green, kangaroo-shaped, and unobserved thing is part of god's plan. This is how god's plan works.

One of the Joker's more insightful moments in The Dark Knight was in his hospital chat with Two-Face -- executive summary of the longer version version embedded below:

Through his insanity and malice, the Joker clearly perceived the justificatory function of "the plan" -- to call something "part of the plan" serves as shorthand for declaring it acceptable, inevitable, natural, even if regrettable here and there.

All of which is prelude to the recent on-camera musings of Senate candidate Sharron Angle:

Manders: I, too, am pro life but I'm also pro choice, do you understand what I mean when I say that.

Angle: I'm pro responsible choice. There is choice to abstain choice to do contraception. There are all kind of good choices.

Manders: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?

Angle: Not in my book.

Manders: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?

Angle: You know, I'm a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things. [emphasis mine]
The incest and the rape are part of god's plan too, you see -- he has set the dominos up just so, and it would be awful, just awful, for anyone to see it any other way, or go mucking it up by trying to alter the plan's course.

This implies that the current legalized status of abortion is part of god's plan, but -- here's where the story unaccountably shifts -- that, I gather, is part of god's plan that we're meant to chafe at and perturb by granting power to Sharron Angle and like-minded cretins. Thus proceeds god's plan, according to no less an authority than somebody who professes the home-team faith and aspires to be the loudest champion of blastocysts in Congress.

Unless and until someone can articulate this bit of lazy monotheistic boilerplate in a way that doesn't just fold in everything that has ever happened, the idea that everything is part of god's plan remains the the only mildly plausible interpretation of it. I, for one, hope that god's plan keeps Sharron Angle out of the national government.

There's more on this tangle of platitudes and absurdities over at Rust Belt Philosophy.

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