Brit Hume, you are a sad, pathetic slab of granite worthy of our pity. I have to give thanks to you, actually, because you gave me my first whiff of cultural criticism: at a time when I considered all journalists beyond reproach (in my early teens), I remember you at ABC covering the White House, and I suddenely realized there were actually professional broadcasters who were utterly full of shit.
I know that sounds like faint praise - that's because it is. But it's important for all kids to have that moment when the curtain is pulled back and the puppeteer is revealed to be a mediocre sham; it inspires us to greatness. We think "if this schmo can do it, why can't I?"
Brit Hume's son killed himself in 1998, and that made the newly-minted Fox anchor turn even more whole-heartedly to Jesus - which is none of our business, since losing a child is the hardest thing anybody has to endure. It's just too bad that his headlong dive into evangelical Christianity gave him such a woeful grasp on any other religion.
But that's how Evangelicals are: they focus all of their wants, desires, unspoken daddy issues, self-loathing and lust for certitude into their Christian fantasy - while all other faiths, facts and philosophy immediately atrophy into nothingness. They become so theologically brittle that they cease understanding how they sound to other people.
When Brit Hume offers Tiger Woods the Christian faith as a way towards forgiveness and redemption, it's obvious he's being sincere... but it's also obvious that Hume can't begin to understand what a fucking moron he sounds like. He gave up that self-awareness in his religious conversion, and speaks with the kind of righteous moral certitude that makes the rest of us want to vomit.
Buddhists don't offer forgiveness and redemption because, by and large, they don't allow you into such self-hate in the first place. They don't even speak that language. Most Buddhism is about inner well-being, accepting the ever-shifting nature of the world, and recognizing "you're only very small and life flows on within you and without you." If anything, it's the most humane, humility-based belief system in the world.
I'm redoubling my efforts to get back to meditation and the tenets of Buddhism this year, but since I haven't yet, I'd like to say this: I am so fucking sick of Christians talking about Christianity outside of church. It's all so boring. PUT A SOCK IN IT. What I wouldn't GIVE to hear a pundit singing the gracious praises of agnosticism.
"Come to agnosticism, Tiger! We offer forgiveness and redemption because WE DON'T GIVE A SHIT!"Posted by Ian Williams at January 6, 2010 11:58 PM