Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Building a Better Ishtar

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" What kinds of gods do we worship? What have you got?

Today our host, Anne, was busy substitute teaching at Billy Bob Agricultural/Vocational High School.

The students were slogging through the epic of Gilgamesh, like all high school students do. One of them said, "Man, this ain't relevant. We're all, like, Catholic Christian people. We don't need this s#$#@$@."

Another one said, "I'm an atheist. God ain't done nothing for me, so why should I do for him?"

Don't you love young, philosophical minds at work?

Anne, picking one of the ancient Babylonian gods at random said to the young atheist, "Why don't you pray to Ishtar? She isn't busy. Maybe she'll listen."

(This is, of course, in keeping with the spirit of this blog.)

The youngster looked baffled, so I added that Ishtar is probably bored out of her mind, while God is way too busy, like Bill Gates on steroids.

That's when the other student said, "What kind of gods do you pray to?"

And that's when Anne said, "What have you got?"

Who says you can't teach religion in the schools? Anne and her fairies are having a splendid time spreading the news of the bored gods! How wonderful to have English texts to help!

FROM ANNE
THE SUMERIAN MERLIN OF BERKELEY SPRINGS
BY WAY OF THE TALL CEDARS OF THE FERTILE CRESCENT

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Anne Johnson said...

Shawn Fisher will lose his or her favorite pair of eyeglasses permanently within two days. He or she will develop an ingrown toenail when the doctor is out of town. And when worse comes to worst, Shawn will hear the faeries giggling when he or she tries to fall asleep.
Just a prediction.