The Strongest Force In The World?

I was once asked to name the strongest force in the world, by an African Christian who very obviously required my answer to be the conventional “love”. She was quite discombobulated by my awarding the palm instead to “stupidity”. As soon as we regard love as the only way long-gestating mammals can be suckered into reproducing at all, however, then she would be in a way vindicated.

And of course this is the very essence of the Gnostic critique; “love”, in the sense not of charity or compassion but of the drive to mate and reproduce, is indeed the strongest force in the world – but why should the strongest force in the world be a good force? Anyone who makes that assumption, however atheist he may imagine himself, has actually hidden a beneficent god in the baggage.

(Fiddle date-stamp to August 28, 2011)

Posted on June 24, 2018 at 14:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: AGAINST NATURE, Against Nature, Miscellaneous

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