This is just one of those things that when you run across it you say to yourself, “I have to share this with someone.” Not knowing where else to put it, I decided to post it here.
I don’t read a lot, but when I do I tend to watch out for insightful quotes that I can keep for later. Currently I am reading “Going Postal” by Terry Pratchett. The genre is British humor/fantasy - similar to Douglas Adams or even Monty Python.
At this point in the story, the main character is trying to keep from getting his photo taken. As a last ditch effort, he claims it is against his religion. . .
“'And you believe that?” said [the reporter]. ‘Really?’
'Er, no. No. Of course not. Not as such. But. . . but you can’t treat religion as a sort of buffet, can you? I mean, you can’t say, ‘Yes please, I’ll have some of the Celestial Paradise and a helping of the Divine Plan but go easy on the kneeling . . . It’s table d’hote or nothing, otherwise. . . well, it could get silly.’"
Part of Terry Pratchett’s charm is the way he points out the absurd and ridiculous in humanity in general and religion specifically. What I don’t understand is, if it’s so obvious to a secular novelist who pokes fun at a variety of religions that “cafeteria-ism” is absurd, then why can’t sincere church-going people not see it?