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The truth is too precious to die for

Since starting the blog people have been mobbing me in the streets.
It’s true, it’s like you wouldn’t believe it. “Now you’ve outlined a world free from the rule of statistics and profit, how will we get there?”

I’m glad you asked.

In keeping with the running pop-culture quotes and themes thrown in, I thought about which TV character best suited my beliefs on this point. I wanted someone who in every situation, responded to opposition and hate with love.

“We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”

But across TV, I couldn’t think of many. I guess that civil disobedience is not easy to dramatise. So instead, this week’s picture is of the Prophet Brutha (with The Great God Om, presently manifesting as a small half blind turtle), from Terry Pratchett’s book Small Gods. Considering that the size of the early Discworld novels was so short compared to a whole series of even British TV, that’s a pretty cool thing to have encaptured in a book.
Later during the book, Brutha has to face down The Great God Om, then manifest in something from the more traditional flaming-columns-of-holy-fire style;

THE BOOK OF BRUTHA…

XV. I COULD DESTROY YOU UTTERLY.

‘Yes. I am entirely in your power.’

XVI. I COULD CRUSH YOU LIKE AN EGG!

‘Yes.’

Om paused.

Then he said: XVII. YOU CAN’T USE WEAKNESS AS A WEAPON.

‘It’s the only one I’ve got.’

I also, despite being an agnostic, love anything that for a brief moment can make me feel something of the power I have heard religion describe. Christopher Ecclestone did this to me, and so did this book. So I present my closing arguments to you as a direct quote from the Prophet Brutha, although you could all feel free to substitute the word ‘God’ for anything you choose, as I have.

‘You can die for your country or your people or your family, but for a god you should live fully and busily, every day of a long life.’

The Prophet Brutha taken from http://fyterrypratchett.tumblr.com/image/56346301576

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