Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parable of the Bad Samaritan

As Jesus said, "Be as passers-by." — Robert Crumb

Crumb is quoting from the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, of course, and no part of the New Testament. Mentioned this evening in Boing Boing, but fuggedabowdit. I hate it when libertines get their sticky hands on the Bible.

The Gospel of Thomas advances the trite (and sophomoric) canard that we are spirits trapped in flesh, and not really part of the general muck around us.

Even Buddhists take a pass on that one. The Dharma makes no distinction whatever between mind and matter, and teaches that such a viewpoint is heretical — in other words, anyone who teaches non-involvement with the world, instead of compassion for it, will be reborn as a nest of foxes.

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