Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Theater Of The Absurd - Absurdism

Colombian priests hired hitmen to kill themselves

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Rev. Rafael Reatiga asked his parishioners to pray for him and gave the choirmaster a list of songs for his funeral shortly before he was found shot to death together with another Roman Catholic priest, a Colombian prosecutor said Tuesday.
Authorities initially suspected robbery when Reatiga's body was found along with that of Rev. Richard Piffano, 37, in a car in southern Bogota on Jan. 27, 2011.
But on Tuesday prosecutor Ana Patricia Larrota said investigators had determined that it was suicide by hitmen in the year-old case: the two priests hired gunmen to kill them after Reatiga discovered he had AIDS.
The priests gave members of a criminal gang the equivalent of $8,500, said the chief investigator of the prosecutor's office, Maritza Gonzalez, as two of the four alleged assassins appeared before a judge for processing.
She said the two priests had originally planned to throw themselves off a cliff into a canyon north of Bogota but apparently lacked the nerve.
In addition to AIDS, Reatiga had syphilis and witness testimony indicated he was a regular visitor to places frequented by gays in central Bogota, Larrota told the judge who processed the two alleged assassins on Tuesday.
Gildardo Alberto Penate and Isidro Castiblanco were charged with aggravated homicide, said Larrota. Each faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. MORE HERE http://news.yahoo.com/colombian-priests-hired-hitmen-kill-themselves-043441579.html



There are oh, so many things wrong (albeit quite sad) with this story which exposes the hypocrisy of religion. Two priests hire hitmen to murder themselves (religious dogma of sins - thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not commit suicide) because they had sexually transmitted diseases caused by their human sexual behavior (thou shalt not commit fornication)... So very sad for the priests (and their flocks) to be burden with so much "dogmatic" (opinionated) sin, that they felt the need to end their lives and involve others in the process. (The hiring of other human beings to kill...). If only they were free from the rigid instruction, religions extol and realize that we are all by nature, programmed to indulge in so called “sins of the flesh” and that if one “falls from grace” there can be rational pardon. It is a doleful account that is repeated time and time again and contributes to the extreme despair in life. This should be yet another reason to take a good look at the misery, harsh religious indoctrination causes in a very short mortal existence.

Funny or not so funny moral of this story is… the guilt that religions force upon their worshipers never seems to stop the extreme behavior of psychopaths in society (including pedophiles within their own clergy) they only seem to subjugate those with conscience who might do good for humankind if it wasn’t for their contrived guilt. thinkingblue


A philosophical moment:

Absurdism - A view, which is shared by Sartre, is that humanity must live in a world that is and will forever be hostile or indifferent towards them. The universe will never truly care for humanity the way we seem to want it to. The atheist view of this statement is that people create stories, or gods, which in their minds transcend reality to fill this void and attempt to satisfy their need.

Absurdism is a philosophical stance embracing a wide range of perspectives, which implies that the efforts of humanity to find or absolutely define, limit, express or exclude the inherent meanings of anything, including human existence, are absurd because the qualities of communicable information available to the human mind, and relationships within Reality makes any certainty about such impossible. Philosophical schools of absurdism explore the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once they become aware of it, can or should react to it and to circumstances they encounter.
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'The Theatre of the Absurd' is a term coined by the critic Martin Esslin for the work of a number of playwrights, mostly written in the 1950s and 1960s. The term is derived from an essay by the French philosopher Albert Camus. In his 'Myth of Sisyphus', written in 1942, he first defined the human situation as basically meaningless and absurd. The 'absurd' plays by Samuel Beckett, Arthur Adamov, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter and others all share the view that man is inhabiting a universe with which he is out of key. Its meaning is indecipherable and his place within it is without purpose. He is bewildered, troubled and obscurely threatened.

The origins of the Theatre of the Absurd are rooted in the avant-garde experiments in art of the 1920s and 1930s. At the same time, it was undoubtedly strongly influenced by the traumatic experience of the horrors of the Second World War, which showed the total impermanence of any values, shook the validity of any conventions and highlighted the precariousness of human life and its fundamental meaninglessness and arbitrariness. The trauma of living from 1945 under threat of nuclear annihilation also seems to have been an important factor in the rise of the new theatre.



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