Get this man a copy of the Screwtape Letters, stat

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Well, this is a pretty funny conclusion to the recent church and grave vandalism in Oslo, Norway. Over the past few days the Nordstrand Kirke (Nordstrand Church) had been vandalized twice, the first time with arson on a building next to the church, and the second incident involved some scribbling on doors and graves.

What kind of vandalism? Well, the kind you'd expect to see kids fresh out of elementary write on a door:

666, dø (die), horesønner av gud (whore sons of God), satan lever (Satan lives)...oh no!

Well, now a guy 26 years of age has been arrested in connection with this, and here's what he looks like:

(full image here)

There's a winner right there. Unfortunately for him, he's completely misunderstood just what evil actually is. Evil's not about running around, burning and scratching things. Screwtape explains it better than I can:

I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.


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