(urth) Necromancy, and Severian on trial
tom at bitterman.net
Mon Mar 21 18:58:38 PST 2005
> This has been done to death from certain perspectives, but I am
> interested in the reasons *why* we let Severian off as lightly as we
> generally do.
Because we've all heard the story before. All 3 major Western religions
are built on events in
which either God Himself, or members of the religion with God's approval
and help, kill bunches
of other people. The holy books which are taught to us since childhood
and inform our culture
approve of the killing. So of course when somebody else comes along and
says he had to kill a
bunch of people for a supreme being we find nothing unusual.
Was Wolfe thinking of this? It makes some sense if we view Urth as
stuck in a sort of pre-Old
Testament mode, when things were done that way.
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