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July 27, 2006

Death -- Part II

Sometimes the flirtation of religion with death becomes truly eerie, frightening. Undoubtedly, you've seen this quote, but, in the current circumstance, it is probably worth revisiting. Nasrallah.jpg

This is man-of-the-moment Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah:

"We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are the most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win because they love life and we love death."

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at July 27, 2006 1:01 AM


"...It is morning and it is amazing in its simple morningness ... It is so calm here and yet so momentous in the rest of the world. Amid ignorant armies and darkling plains, the news has momentarily stopped trying to make sense and the stories appear with a doubleness..."

[from Juliana Spahr, _This Connection of Everyone with Lungs_]

Posted by: JM at July 27, 2006 11:24 AM

i resent the stereotyping of jews.

Posted by: seth at July 27, 2006 3:48 PM

I am sure many Muslims resent the Sheik's stereotyping as well.

He lives in a paradox if he is alive but loves death. Death is not a hard thing to accomplish.
Seems far too obvious far too many love killing more than life.

Wonder how they ever came to those beliefs?
There'll be pie in the sky when you die.

Posted by: Jay Saul at July 27, 2006 7:05 PM

M: came across something potentially useful while reading tonight: see Foucault, "Different Spaces" in v. 2 of _Essential Works of Foucault_, ed. James T. Faubion (The New Press, 1998), 175-185. Discussing the idea of 'heterotopias' or 'placeless places' which are nevertheless 'localizable.' One of his examples is the cemetery, whose location he traces historically w/in Western cities from the city center to the periphery because of a change in attitudes about belief.

E.g., "This cemetery, which [up to the 18th century] was lodged in the sacred space of the church, took on an altogether different look in modern civilizations; and, curiously, it was during the time when civilization became, as we say very roughly, 'atheist,' that Western culture inaugurated what is called the cult of the dead" (180-181). The next couple of graphs are thought-provoking in the context of some of your more recent posts.

Posted by: JM at July 30, 2006 11:40 PM

Posted by: Jay Saul at July 31, 2006 1:03 AM

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