Junior Ganymede
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Not Pure Aryan Skull Shape

June 13th, 2017 by G.

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I saw one of those skull logos the other day, the one with really long teeth, like you find on the back of pickups and motorcyclists.  Spooky.  In my mind, I worked out what the creature would look like in the flesh, or even what the skull’s skeleton would look like up and moving around.  Ridiculous, in both cases.  It needed to be just the still image to have an effect.

Which apparently my subconscious took as some kind of warrant.Because then I had a dream.

A company of settler pioneers were heading out into a vast and empty plain.  Days in to the great emptiness, they began to be haunted.  Images of the skull slowly faded into being on their wagons, their tools, and they started to whispers in the dark, telling them to kill and rape.  Their tension  mounted, until finally the hatred snapped and the party dissolved in frantic violence and flight.  The few survivors ran, even from each other.

One staggered into a shallow valley where he saw a neat village and tidy fields.  He stumbled down.  They fed him and cleaned him and dressed his wounds but he was still wild and desperate.  “I still hear the voice!” he said.  “How do you keep from hearing it?”

“We don’t,” they told him.  “It’s annoying, but you get used to it.”

“But then how . . . .?” and he gestured to their prosperous little town.

“Oh, well,” they said, “we have to pain over the skull a lot when it pops up.  And the voice, well, its just a voice, its not like you’d actually kill someone just because someone said so,” and they laughed pretty hard.

When I woke up, I first thought that the townfolk were obviously right.  But then I wondered if maybe there was something unseemly about their living in the middle of some great evil and taking it for granted.  Maybe the settlers’ response, though clearly not right, was still appropriate to the evil in a way the townfolk’s was not.

And now I don’t know what the moral is.

 

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June 13th, 2017 05:03:50
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Bruce Charlton
June 13, 2017

“I wondered if maybe there was something unseemly about their living in the middle of some great evil and taking it for granted. ”

Surely that is The West, here and now?


bobdaduck
June 13, 2017

People died, because they overreacted to minor evil.


Agellius
June 13, 2017

To me that just describes the life of a Christian. We can’t run screaming from evil or we’d be running and screaming constantly. So we learn to live with it but hopefully not conform to it.

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.” 1 Cor. 5:9-11.


G.
June 13, 2017

@Agellius,
that was my thought too, and its a very good interpretation. But @Bruce Charlton’s interpretation forced its way in. Certainly the scriptures seem to suggest a certain kind of commonplacency as a feature of the worse times. “Marrying and giving in marriage.”


Agellius
June 13, 2017

Fair enough but I think all ages have had some great evil or other which people more or less had no choice but to live with. It only shocks you when it’s not an ingrained part of your culture, otherwise you either don’t notice it or endure it as something inevitable. What shocks us about our current cultural changes is the fact that we’re in a period of transition from one set of cultural norms to another, and feel as though we might possibly be able to do something about it before it’s too late; either that or we had a chance within our lifetimes and are just realizing that the ship has sailed.


Bookslinger
June 14, 2017

I don’t know if there is a moral, but the allegory is kind of obvious.


aardvark
June 14, 2017

This brought to mind what is for me one of the most harrowing scriptures in our standard works. Moses 7:25-26:

“And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice saying: Wo, wo be unto the inhabitants of the earth. And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.”

I guess you can tally my vote for a moral regarding the unseemly townsfolk. When reading your account of the townfolk laughing I pictured the settler speaking to just a couple of people at the edge of town. Then, when they started to laugh, the people in the fields close by looked up from their wheat harvest (using scythes no less) and joined in the laughter with a laugh slightly mechanical in tone; one that straddles the borders of the uncanny valley.


Bookslinger
June 15, 2017

For background on this particular skull symbol, see wiki entries for Punisher, and Punisher in Film.


Agellius
June 16, 2017

Books:

Thanks, I always wondered what that was about. It looks like the long teeth originally were two rows of teeth, based on the cover of the first edition shown on the Wiki page.

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