|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Liar! you say. America's government schools do not teach religion, no how, no way.
The ritual in question was to find newspapers, and plastic containers, and put them in the proper recycling bins. Actually there is one bin, partitioned vertically with opposing lids. As my kids told me, the green lid is for plastic, the blue for newspaper.
Cretin! Imbecile! Recycling isn't religion. Just good citizenship.
But when the garbage truck comes, it lifts the recycling bin ... and dumps all the containers and newspapers into one big chamber. So the act of separating various forms of waste is meaningless mumbo-jumbo.
Kind of like a religion.
There is much that American government does which enrages me, because it is so senseless. I feel as though the very stupidity of the act renders it immune from criticism. In such cases it is helpful to have an framework, an explanation -- a Weltanschauung, if you will.
Here's a particularly infuriating example: Santa Clara County is going to spend taxpayer money to close lanes on a busy thoroughfare:
And there you have it, the religion of the 21st century in action. Driving a car is a sin according to American civic theology, much as playing cards is considered a sin by fundamentalist Christians. Replace a road with mass transit, and you have done a good deed, to be rewarded in the afterlife. (At least I assume the "transportation planners" will be rewarded in the afterlife, because in this life their light rail V2 is not going to attract any more riders than the first edition.)
I wonder what a 19th century American would think if his public servants told him that his nearby busy railroad would have one of its three tracks ripped up in order to
I think he would conclude that his public servants were insane.
Labels: Civic Religion
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