Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Friedrick Engels wrote:
"All religion, however, is nothing but the fantastic reflection in men’s minds of those external forces which control their daily life, a reflection in which the terrestrial forces assume the form of supernatural forces."
-copied from here.
I would say "Much religion...," not "All religion..."
Another fantastic reflection is imaginative fiction. I have discussed certain works of fiction and have sometimes also referred to current affairs. Now let us see how the former reflect the latter:
in Poul and Karen Anderson's The King Of Ys, The Gods Themselves are troubled because the heavens have moved (see here) and the rulers of the city of Ys must prepare for the withdrawal of their Gods, which will mean the flooding of their city;
in Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword, ravens hover, gods stoop, the world trembles and "'The gods themselves are troubled...'" (p. 84);
in James Blish's Black Easter/The Day After Judgment, magicians and demons must cope with the death of God;
in Mike Carey's Lucifer, angels and demons must cope with the departure of God.
The common themes here are change, uncertainty and power vacuums on a supernatural level. And that is precisely what many of us are currently experiencing on the terrestrial level:
the UK has voted to leave the EU but the vote was close and there is uncertainty about the consequences;
other countries may follow;
the British Prime Minister has resigned and must be replaced both as PM and as Party Leader;
the Leader of the Opposition has been "no confidenced" by his colleagues and will be challenged for the Leadership;
most members of his Shadow Cabinet have resigned and had to be replaced (one of the replacements is the young, recently elected, Member of Parliament for Lancaster whom I met inspecting flood damage in the City last year);
Scottish constituencies voted to remain in the EU and now want a second referendum on their independence from the UK.
As I said, change, uncertainty and power vacuums - even including the flooding of a city.