Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Absence of Trauma

Okay so it turned out I was mistaken about the walmart gig: apparently I don't have to work weekends so I'll be able to continue to deliver my posts on time for y'all.

Oh and Apocalypse Review, after I'm done with this post, I will post part two of your rewriting of Left Behind: the kids. I encourage all my readers to go to Right Behind and read his posts; he actually turns Judd and Vicki into decent people.

So Vicki's wandering around thinking about the man she saw commit suicide and I can't help but think of an incredibly appropriate post secret that fits in perfectly here: Click to read

I post this secret because the God the YTF serve would send that man to hell just as he sent the man Vicki saw commit suicide to hell. Our compassionate deity...

Judd is swimming but Taylor gets swept away and Judd only feels a modicrum of conscience over this. Again, this is the morality the readers of these books are learning.

Conrad and Lionel meanwhile are struggling to escape when Lionel gets knocked unconscious yet again. He's getting to be as bad as one of the Hardy Boys when it comes to this sort of thing.

Ryan, meanwhile is still struggling when the house begins to fill with water. He begs his dog to help him and that's all that happens on his end.

Meanwhile, Chaya realizes the quake is over and tells her father and he is currently being the only human in this story. Pity the man; I heard he does eventually kneel before Zod though.

Finally he answered. "You are right; it is over," Mr. Stein said. "How can I go on? How can one man lose so much and still want to live?"

Admittedly this is rather self-centered as he's got to realize that this is happening all over the world so he ain't the only one who's lost everything, but humans tend to be self-centered at times, so I'll allow this.

Chaya is all "We have each other" but Mr. Stein goes "I have no daughter!" and I'm picturing him being played by Krusty's father.

Mr. Stein continues to say what we're all thinking.

"I suppose you believe there's some great plan in all of this."

Chaya can do nothing but say that "God is in control" which I can't imagine would be a huge comfort for reasons which should be obvious.

Darrion meanwhile decides to go in search of the husband of Mrs. Moore and that's all that happens in the first chapter. Sorry to do so much summarizing but there really isn't much going on.

Vicki continues to wander around like a shmuck, clearing not feeling any compassion for anyone's suffering, even when it is revealed that one of the dead is a baby. Now in this universe, the mere existence of babies should be a cause for excitement, after all Zod did slaughter all the others just a few years ago, but this passes without any notice from Our Heroine.

Meanwhile, Judd is still struggling in the water, wondering about whether Taylor survived, which means he's currently the only one showing compassion for another human being.

Lionel wakes up in a trauma tent, a detail which actually works considering what had happened. Given the magnitude of the crisis, the hospitals would be beyond swamped and they would probably have to set up tents to treat everyone else.

Ryan is still struggling. Next character, please.

Chaya is still arguing with her father about God and frankly I'm still with him on this. It must be frustrating to watch your child turn her back on the faith and embrace the merciless Zod who is more like something from Lovecraft than the Bible.

Darrion goes to New Hope church, finds the Mr. Moore dead, and that's it. Now I go to post Rev Apoc's latest chapter. Please read and review.


Apocalypse Review said...

Geez, how can the ghostwriters continue to make the characters act so strangely? Vicki could be in shock, but I'm not sure they really conveyed that very well.

Topical post secret is topical!

And yay for more Right Behindness plus Mouse's Musings! XD *applauds*

Firedrake said...

I think that one problematic aspect of the RTC worldview is the binary nature of it. Slaughter tens of millions of children (unless you're God)? Eternal damnation. Cheat on your husband? Eternal damnation. Not turn up reliably at church ever week? Eternal damnation. Go to the wrong sort of church, while being nice to everyone you meet and leaving the world a brighter place? Eternal damnation.

If you only have one punishment in your repertoire, it's kind of hard to be measured about things...

aunursa said...

I can't help but think of an incredibly appropriate post secret that fits in perfectly here

One fun way that I have learned to tie Evangelicals up in theological knots is to ask them to explain if Jewish children who died in the Holocaust are in hell for not accepting Jesus as their personal savior -- while their Nazi killers would be in heaven if they later came to accept Jesus.

Mouse said...

RE: aunursa:

If you really want to tie them in theological knots, point out that most of the Nazis were Christians. Of course, they'll probably respond with the No True Scotsman fallacy but hey.

Apocalypse Review said...

I wonder what they would say about the Serbs and Croats in WW2, since Serbs tend to be Orthodox and Croats tend to be Catholic, so are both the Serb victims and the Croat Ustashe going to be saved, or just the Serbs?

They were, after, all both Christians.

aunursa said...

Of course, they'll probably respond with the No True Scotsman fallacy but hey.

Yes, that's why it's necessary to include the part about a sincere conversion. Believe you me, I know most of the tricks RTCs employ in their attempts to weasel out of the consequences of their theology.