The Cross; A source of peace?
A friend of mine send me a photo of himself taken at the Blad Knob Cross of Peace , here's it's site: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Paradise/6726/
I've had many conversations with catholics about their symbols and one argument that always pops up is the feeling of "peace" they get when they watch the cross. Now I'm not going to dwell into the matter of self suggetion or any other totally rational explanation for this phenomena, but rater I would like to point out the thing that was so obvious, I never realized it until I saw the photo of my friend, and read the words "cross" and "peace" in such proximity: The cross, that which gives you a sence of peace by looking at, depicts a man BEING TORTURED TO DEATH!!! What the hell is wrong with you, you sadists? The nails in his hands/feet, the hole on his side, his head pierced by dozens of spines, blood oozing out of everywhere, his expresion of agony, and that gives you peace?
Right then I had a flashback of me waiting in line at the movie theater when I saw an audience exiting one of the screening rooms crying, literally there was not a dry eye among them. I then remembered the passion of christ was still being shown in there. But the thing that struck me the most was that some of this people, in the midst of their "sympathy" for jesus, were smiling. That's right, some of them looked at their dates/spouces/family and they mutually smiled at each other, like you would smile and cry at the weeding of a loved one. They just went to the biggest bloodbath in cinematic history, and THEY WERE SMILING!
Now I know it's not so much about the killing and the torture, it's about the message behind it, but I still cannot fathom the kind of compartmentalization needed to dissociate the blood and the gore from the "message" behind it. A mexican story comes to mind: when the first conquistadores tried to convert the aztecs to catholicism by pointing out just how gory and inhumane their pagan sacrificial rituals were, the aztecs quickly pointed to the cross of one of the spanish priests and said that their god also "lusted for blood". The cross gives you peace by looking at it? To me, it gives me the creeps.
Lenore, The Cute Little Dead Girl. Twice as good as Jesus.