[PREV - SAMUEL] [TOP]
In _Stranger in a Strange Land_
Heinlein writes about a new
religion loosely based on many
other religions, but centered One of the more notable
around some sexual ceremonies. tenents:
Orgies for the inner circle. "Thou art God."
A fairly neat little philosophy:
The book was very popular Intelligence, consciousness, anything
in sixties. Among the that can understand the statement
various social experiments "Thou art God." is definied as godlike.
of the time, a version of
this relgion was actually
tried out by some people.
It doesn't seem to have
caught on, though I suppose Heinlein publically refused to be
some people may practice it associated with this religion,
to this day. evidentally consciously choosing
not to follow in the footsteps of
his friend L. Ron Hubbard.
In the novel, the religion has problems,
but _only_ external problems. The
masses are outraged, the powers that be
are threatened, so there is an all out
attack on the faithful. The main (Perhaps Heinlein's reason
character is stoned to death. for not playing the new
("Look at me... I am a son of man.") religion game?)
Among the insiders, there are no
attacks of jealousy. No power (Christ without a Judas?)
plays. No disgruntled betrayals.
In the real world, the various
experiments with "alternate
lifestyles" of the sixties saw It's been pointed out to
relatively little of the extreme me that here I seem to have
degree of hostile opposition that forgotten about the
Heinlein predicted. "war on drugs"; the
harrassment of long-hairs;
Instead, they all seemed to fizzle and the threat of jail
out due to internal pressures... for draft-dodging and
because of the imperfections built political demonstrations.
into the experimenters?
Actuallly I haven't
Like it or not, you carry your forgotten, it just
culture with you, wired into your isn't the kind of
consciousness... thing I had in mind.
So much for clarity...
Thou art Mrs. Grundy. written or thought.
[NEXT - POLY]