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Half-wit Prince

June 24, 2011

The guardian.co.uk website yesterday brought us an interview with pop-star, Prince, headlined “It’s fun being in Islamic countries”.  I read it in a kind of stunned awe which almost ended in severe cranio-facial damage due to the mega-ultra-facepalm it induced.  The headline is a fair reflection of one of the quotes in the piece, but it doesn’t come close to revealing the yawning abyss of bottomless stupidity lurking beneath.

The actual quote referred to is:

“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion.  There’s order.  You wear a burqa.  There’s no choice.  People are happy with that.”

As for people who are not happy with that lack of choice, Prince says that’s just tough.  Apparently there’s a dark side to everything and some people will always be unhappy.  I was going to call these opinions shallow thinking and cultural relativism but, on reflection, that would imbue them with qualities they do not possess.  Clearly there has been no real formulation of ideas such as these.  He’s either made it up on the spot or he has a seriously defective understanding of logic.

In terms of religion Prince identifies himself as a Jehovah’s Witness, which is, of course, a Christian sect.  Here’s what he says about why he turned to religion:

“I had to learn what authority was. That’s what the Bible teaches. The Bible is a study guide for social interaction.”

The Bible certainly shows some good examples of what life is like under authority.  The kind of authority that is without moral compass, bereft of compassion, dictatorial, megalomaniac and utterly capricious.  As a study guide for social interaction I think it falls well short.  Ordinary human activities are classified as sins worthy of death, such as homosexuality and liking someone other than the Boss.  Even Jesus tells people to hate their family.  Wow.

The final quote from the interview is another corker:

“Noise is a society that has no God, that has no glue. We can’t do what we want to do all the time. If you don’t have boundaries, what then?”

Certainly we can’t do what we want all the time, that’s anarchy and it doesn’t work.  In fact it’s likely to be the result of the cultural relativism that Prince seems to embrace, if it is taken to its logical end.  Who says God is the glue we need though.  Apart from the fact that non-existent glue doesn’t bind very much, God, or the idea of God, doesn’t actually provide a very useful bonding of people and is more likely to be divisive.

There’s some other stuff in the interview about Prince’s actual job, pop music, which contains some more ill-informed woo.  I think the conclusion has to be that Prince is bat-shit crazy.  No surprises there.  I have to ask why newspapers solicit the opinions of people such as this on questions such as religion and society.  The only answer I can think of is to give their readers some sense of sniffy superiority over someone who, whatever else he may be, has been very successful in his chosen field.  What do you think?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    June 24, 2011 09:54

    “Even Jesus tells people to hate their family.”. I think you’ll find most of that stuff was made up ages after whoever it was based on had died. Bit like Robin Hood init?

    • June 24, 2011 09:57

      Of course that’s true, but people who use the Bible as a guide to society believe in a Jesus who said that. And that’s the problem 🙂

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