Underwear Ninja comes with Space Suit: goodwill is for cheap clothes, not for men
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to blog or not to blog, which is the path a true underwear ninja must take? whichever path it be, it will surely be a rough-hewn one. argyle, possibly.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
goodwill is for cheap clothes, not for men
far from trying to sound in any way, overt or seruptitiously, cynical of what my dad wrote in his blog about holiday shoppers, i have a quip against a short quote he used. you see, i've found out recently that "good will towards men" is (not suprisingly as much of the language is bastardized) yet another rogue phrase that has drawn light away the original context through years of positive, yet incorrect, reinforcement. it is an aberration of "peace to men of good will". it can be found in Luke 2:13-14 (the old version). It has, after all, been rewritten ("d'oh!") as "peace to men on whom his favor rests," which, i suppose, is modern times' response to the dumbing-down of coherence to all ideas, whether derived from literature or the spoken word. although i'm not suggesting that "good will towards men" is blasphemous; it sure sounds like a nice thought, doesn't it? to think good thoughts of everyone, regardless. its just a happy thought that does no good or bad either way. but the accurate dipiction is that of peace going only to those whom deserve it. and that, on a side note (sorry to say), does NOT mean, distinctly, that it will be peace on earth. after all, christianity reveals that christ is the savior and the only one that will bring us to heaven through his sacrifice (his being mortal). that said, there is NOTHING we can do on earth to save ourselves, or to bring peace to ourselves through the righteous god. christianity says jesus has already taken care of that for us. so yes, it probably translates into peace in heaven. it reads: "and on earth, peace to mean of good will," which probably means simply "and of the men who live on earth, the righteous shall be given peace in heaven".
but i've just started on a tangent rant, which was not my intention. i truly could write volumns on my ideas of religion, but i will spare this blog's function.
"peace to men of good will" is the correct phrase.
posted by underwear ninja 12:06 AM  
  • At 6:23 AM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    umm.. you still celebrate Christmas, right? If not let me know....before I buy your gift :-)

  • At 11:56 AM EST, Blogger underwear ninja said…

    well of course i celebrate! gift-giving (to me) makes the world a better place (for me) =)

  • At 12:06 PM EST, Blogger nbk said…

    I heard the bells on Christmas day
    Their old familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet the words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    I thought how, as the day had come,
    The belfries of all Christendom
    Had rolled along th' unbroken song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    And in despair I bowed my head
    "There is no peace on earth," I said,
    "For hate is strong and mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men."

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
    With peace on earth, good will to men."

    Till ringing, singing on its way
    The world revolved from night to day,
    A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

  • At 4:42 AM EST, Blogger underwear ninja said…

    cheeky fellow..
    that's not fair. that was written by longfellow waaaay after the bible. plenty of time for lyrical distortion. this particular "poem" turned hymnal in the civil war era. i looked it up. there is stanza omitted from the original:

    Then from each black, accursed mouth
    The cannon thundered in the South,
    And with the sound the carols drowned
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    It was as if an earthquake rent
    The hearth-stones of a continent,
    And made forlorn, the households born
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

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