Karen Armstrong makes some strong points against religion being the primary cause of violence in the world. Anyone who kills in the name of God doesn'Karen Armstrong makes some strong points against religion being the primary cause of violence in the world. Anyone who kills in the name of God doesn't really understand God, and their beliefs are tainted by interpretations that favor a type of militant divinity (which seems like an oxymoron to me). In this book she gives a broad outline of the history of wars that are commonly thought to have been caused by religious differences. Many crusades and jihads are touched on, while major wars like World War I, World War II, and Vietnam are barely even mentioned. Her strongest point is that these wars- the worst three of the 20th century- had nothing at all to do with religion, which is enough evidence for me to show why the neo-Atheist crusade of making religion the culprit behind all warfare is unsound. Another point she makes is that religions have always started out as peace-bringers to civilization, but have continuously been corrupted by those with the interest of using their sociological powers to gain leadership. Typically the people who flock to these leaders are uneducated "warriors" who haven't even read the sacred texts on whichever religion they claim to follow. They're only using corrupted beliefs to convince themselves that the violence they want to unleash on the world is blessed upon and justified.
The Rose (all poems) The Lake Isle of Inisfree The Wind Among the Reeds (all poems) The Song of Wandering Aengus An IrisMy favorites from this collection:
The Rose (all poems) The Lake Isle of Inisfree The Wind Among the Reeds (all poems) The Song of Wandering Aengus An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Easter 1916 The Second Coming A Prayer For My Daughter The Tower (all poems) Sailing to Byzantium Byzantium Lapis Lazuli The Wanderings of Oisin The Shadowy Waters The Harp of Aengus...more
When I am Yeats' age at the time he wrote The Tower, I hope to better understand all the hidden layers of meaning he puts forth in these poems. Rele When I am Yeats' age at the time he wrote The Tower, I hope to better understand all the hidden layers of meaning he puts forth in these poems. Released in 1928, The Tower marks him at his most mature, serving as a contrast to all the romantic poems he'd written in the 1800s. If there is an underlying theme to these poems, it's that Yeats has reluctantly succumbed to the madness of a world run by greed and war, and yearns to rediscover the vitality he'd had in his youth. Metaphorically, The Tower stands for his arduous climb through life, living through his infatuation with Maud Gonne, World War I, and the Irish Civil War. All the things he can see from the top of his tower only serve as painful reminders of his lost innocence. The parallel with Romanticism devolving into Modernism in the early 20th century perfectly coincides with this journey, making Yeats one of those rare poets whose own perspective shifts with the changing times. A rarity like this, combined with some masterful writing skills, is a true blessing for the world of poetry. It's no wonder that, along with T.S. Eliot, he's considered the greatest poet of his generation. Personally, I consider him one of the best poets of any generation....more