I really have let this place slide. It would bring me a lot more distress if the cause was simple neglect. No, it really amounts to not having something which truly inspires me to write volumes. As it is, I really want to write more posts, but there just aren't any sitting in my head screaming “write me!”
I only have a half-hour or so to write anything at all right now, but I'll give it my best shot.
Beauty and the Beast
In a post providing something of a response to IM's observations in my previous post, my friend Gold brought up the Beast. He referred to a Beast separate from the pointy man who lives downstairs and smells of brimstone...or did he? Do not mistake my meaning: I'm not calling my good friend a devotee of ultimate evil. As he rightly points out, Lucifer's transgression was only to feel, apparently only a sin for the divine. It is that very argument which illustrates the flaw in Gold's reasoning. He says of the Beast:
“... anger, lust, love, passion, strength, calmness, enjoyment, happiness... these are the hallmarks of the Beast. “
But if Lucifer was cast out from heaven for feeling the human emotion of greed, why would any other display of emotion result in a different punishment? Less damaging, less ill-intentioned emotions would have been seen in another light? Fat chance! All emotions can be equally damaging under the wrong circumstances. All would have presented the same risk to a divine being, this being the case. If you can accept this, than the Beast which lives in all of us is none other than Lucifer, whether or not you believe a word of the Bible. For that matter, if human emotion taints the divine, we are all cursed to begin with.
This is not to say I disagree with Gold. On the contrary, I'm just pointing out a logical error in his treatise. I agree that the Beast is not to be caged, although our ability to do so is another component of our humanity.
I am also considering the idea that the Beast includes fundamental needs as well as passions. I'll let you know what I think up