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!
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