Stoned man finds God shock.

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  1. Graham says:

    First off, Ian, there’s no shock in a stoned man finding God. It’s a natural consequence. Now, the first instinct that we must follow is our inherent feelings toward our fellow man. Or woman. And of course we’d rather spark up with Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Nick Drake, even, I venture to suggest, John Bonham. As long as the bugger refrains from doing a goddam solo. Much preferable to Dawkins, who would drone on and on about the molecular structure of things and drain every wonderful moment of its magic. The man doesn’t understand wonderment. And you know me; I do!

    And I think Bishopstone is a quite natural place to feel the wonder of the natural world. When I was 17 I worked at the old Mercury Motel at the approaches to Seaford, a motel now no longer standing, and I used to walk home to Denton through Bishopstone Village and Poverty Bottom. What you did on that canal boat, I did in a cow field at Poverty Bottom one morning at 1.30. Because I knew there would be no witnesses and because Judy the waitress was HAUNTING me. I heard a mournful lowing from the beasts in the nearby field, and I knew that God was with me. I was listening to mainly Spirit and Elvis at the time, but I don’t think that’s relevant.

    Anyway, I know what you mean about the silvery midnight light of universal awareness for I have been bathed in it too. Perhaps wanking in places of natural beauty is how we English celebrate our part in the eternal beauty of the cosmos. And it’s quite possible, probably sensible, to believe in evolution, physics, molecular biology, Mother Nature, the Green Man, Herne the Hunter and the Abrahamic Godhead all together. I do and it only adds a tiny bit of confusion to the schism that is my inner self.

    With a bit more time to edit it, this comment could well have made sense, but it would have been robbed of its raw honesty and deeply soul searched raggedness.
    Best wishes to ya, Ian.
    xxx

  2. Ian Marchant says:

    Oh, I’ve seen the Green Man too.

  3. MikeMcG says:

    Curiouser & curiouser – in what passes for one of R4’s 6.30pm comedy slots this week, a poor impersonation of Richard Dawkins tried to persuade Irish music impresario Louis Walsh that he was also in fact a hugely talented singer & songwriter.

    I just liked the coincidence with the annoying atheist v. rock God aspect of your post.
    Cheers,
    Mike.

  4. Dru says:

    I’ve been pondering over how Heaven is modelled, lately, and now I’ve added a vision of it as Glastonbury Festival but presumably a bit bigger. With a special field for Cliff Richard. Like that basic requirement for a Welsh village- not one but two chapels; the one you go to, and the one you DON’T go to…

  5. Ian Marchant says:

    Ideally, of course, a Welsh village would have at least three; one you go to, one you don’t go to, and one for the English holiday home owners.
    I too have been thinking about Heaven. I was once sitting on an almost desreted Caribbean beach with a chum. We were drinking Carib Beer and smoking sensi. The sun shone, and a breeze moved through the coconut palms. My chum sighed, and said ‘This is Paradise, isn’t it?’ And I realised that so far as I was concerned, it just wasn’t. Paradise for me would be much drizzlier, involve second-hand bookshops and greasy spoon cafes, and a much flatter, warmer beer than tins of Carib from the cooler in the back of the car.

  6. lonesomedepot says:

    Dawkins or Cash? Well, that’s an easy one.
    Then again, so would be David Attenborough vs… ooh… Tony Blair (or the Pope).
    So where does that leave a poor sinner like me?

  7. Ian Marchant says:

    It’s not a complete theory, you understand. I mean, if I was forced to choose between Dawkins and Tony Blair, it’s Dick every time…

  8. Graham says:

    Well I’d be sitting out the back with the girl whose boyfriend had been ignoring her all evening. Because I’m kind like that. And I hardly think that a Welsh village chapel would feature in heaven. Do they have slate in heaven? And Blair? He’s going down!

  9. simon norfolk says:

    just popping in the say good afternoon Ian – that was all x

  10. Gary Flood says:

    Keep up the good work. Though you’re a twat for ignoring my fan email to you in 2007! Never mind. 1 Where’s the bloody book then? 2 When are you next performing live in either the comedy or straight music context? Or is all effort going into the book?

  11. Matt Harvey says:

    I love this post and want to marry it – or at least live with it in a cramped flat for a bit

  12. Graham says:

    Well I want to convince it to cook and clean for me and generally abuse it. Then I’ll dump it for a younger model and go and find myself in a Buddhist retreat in South Cheam. Then I’ll drink nothing but Cream Soda and Worcestershire sauce for a month. That’ll show them.

  13. Matt Harvey says:

    I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of commitment

  14. Graham says:

    That’s the trouble with so many of you young people. No sense of destiny.

  15. EpuurSiMouve says:

    I’m not here to make converts. But if you are a believer in the Abrahamic version of God, answer this question: do you identify more with Dawkins, or the God of the old testament.

    Choose one, chose quickly. Dawkins, or a vicious, petty, vindictive, misogynist, racist tyrant?

    Don’t think about it, just jump. Where does your heart lie?

    For me, its more important than ‘faith’ (‘believing what you know aint so’ according to Mark Twain.) Its about common human decency and having respect for my fellow man.

    Sorry, faith is nothing to be respected. Faith helps people throw acid into the faces of girls for daring to go to school, to persecute homosexuals, to justify slavery, to fly planes into buildings. As humans, we deserve something better.

    Ok, before you say ‘that’s not my god’ I get the impression that for you, its all about having a warm fuzzy feeling. Fine, but I’m reminded of the old joke about what people mean when they say ‘I’m not a Christian but I am really spiritual’ i.e. ‘I’m scared of dying but cant be arsed to go to church.’

    If you want to thank someone as you sit by a river, why not Zeus? Ra? Allah? The flying spaghetti monster? Why do you need to thank anyone at all? Why cant you just take pleasure in the event just for its own sake? Why invoke an imaginary friend?

    Can you also please expand on what you mean when you say Dawkins sterile wonderment stops him asking imaginative questions? You mean questions like, what colour are the hats worn by the invisible pixies that live at the bottom of my garden? I’m struggling to think of a more imaginative question than ‘why are we here’ and ‘where did we come from’, but hey, that’s probably just my sterile atheism talking. If ‘goddidit’ is the answer to every question, that sounds pretty sterile to me, but that’s my lack of absolute certainty again.

    You’ve obviously not aware of Dawkins book ‘Unweaving the Rainbow’, where he responds to that precise (and, sorry, unoriginal) criticism, but that’s the beauty of faith isn’t it? Who needs those pesky facts when you’ve got faith?

    Personally, I find the fact that we live on a planet 4 billion years, in a universe 15 billion years old, that we are made of atoms created in the hearts of long dead stars, and that we share an ancestor with every living thing on the planet, simply stunning in its own right. If you don’t that’s fine – after all, its not like I think you’re going to spend an eternity in everlasting torment simply for having a different opinion, is it?

    (p.s. the hats are red, and I have pixie endowed authority to persecute anyone foolish enough to argue they are yellow.)

  16. Graham says:

    And what’s wrong with vicious, petty, vindictive, mysoginist racist tyrants?
    I think you can be in awe of all the stuff you mention in your last (undreaming) paragraph, and still find it in your heart to have a bit of faith that it all didn’t just happen all by itself. Even though it may well have done so. It’s the mystery of not knowing that matters.
    And I’m with the KJV Old Testament God all the way on this one, baby. I’m all for a bit of smiting and then some nice relaxing begetting.

  17. Chris says:

    That sense that you are at one with everything: that all your fretting has been so silly: that everything is going to be all right: that you are at one with the silvery moonlit world in some way that you know doesn’t need articulating, not right now. That happened to me when I finally renounced my religious upbringing and knew there are really no fairies at the bottom of my garden. There don’t NEED to be.

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