Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Dawson your such an iconoclast" I hate lables but this tag was given me by a close friend and mentor. I think it is rather funny. Me an Iconoclast -

Iconoclast - a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.

- Synonyms: nonconformist, rebel, dissenter, radical.

Dawson Definition:
1.) A trouble maker with truth on there side 2.) One who calls a spade a spade then flips the table to make a point. 3.) One who at the sight of untruth and deception, react by having a jihad of the tummy, resulting in a displacement of the lie by the verbal fist of the individual!

Pneumatic Iconoclast - One who attacks and seeks to overthrow sacred cows, unholy ideas, or lazy institutions by the power and wisdom of God.

Here is a little history of Iconoclast from,
“An iconoclast can be unpleasant company, but at least the modern iconoclast only attacks such things as ideas and institutions. The original iconoclasts destroyed countless works of art. Eikonoklasts, the ancestor of our word, was first formed in Medieval Greek from the elements eikn, “image, likeness,” and -klasts, “breaker,” from kln, “to break.” The images referred to by the word are religious images, which were the subject of controversy among Christians of the Byzantine Empire in the 8th and 9th centuries, when iconoclasm was at its height. In addition to destroying many sculptures and paintings, those opposed to images attempted to have them barred from display and veneration. During the Protestant Reformation images in churches were again felt to be idolatrous and were once more banned and destroyed. It is around this time that iconoclast, the descendant of the Greek word, is first recorded in English (1641), with reference to the Byzantine iconoclasts. In the 19th century iconoclast took on the secular sense that it has today, as in “Kant was the great iconoclast” (James Martineau).”

Like Lester Bangs Rock journalist for the March 1975 issue of Cream stated,
“the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.” - Rock on, Lester, Rock on!

American Idols
The function of the hero in art is to inspire the reader or spectator to continue in the same spirit from where he, the hero, leaves off. He must release the spectator's potentiality, for potentiality is the historic force behind nobility. And to do this the hero must be typical of the characters and class who at that time only need to be made aware of their heroic potentiality in order to be able to make their society juster and nobler. Bourgeois culture is no longer capable of producing heroes. On the highbrow level it only produces characters who are embodied consolations for defeat, and on the lowbrow level it produces idols—stars, TV "personalities," pin-ups. The function of the idol is the exact opposite to that of the hero. The idol is self-sufficient; the hero never is. The idol is so superficially desirable, spectacular, witty, happy that he or she merely supplies a context for fantasy and therefore, instead of inspiring, lulls. The idol is based on the appearance of perfection; but never on the striving towards it.
[John Berger - British author, painter (b. 1926),. "A Few Useful Definitions," Permanent Red, Writers and Readers Publ. (1960).]

The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.
[John Berger (b. 1926), repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "The Third Week of August, 1991," Guardian (London, Sept. 4, 1991).]

The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.
[George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), "Maxims for Revolutionists: Idolatry," Man and Superman (1903).]

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by "patriotism" I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare—never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.
[Erich Fromm (1900-1980), "Rootedness—Brotherliness vs. Incest," ch. 3, The Sane Society (1955).]

Our foes are in our midst and all about us. There is hardly a house but is divided against itself, for our foe is the all but universal woodenness of both head and heart, the want of vitality in man, which is the effect of our vice; and hence are begotten fear, superstition, bigotry, persecution, and slavery of all kinds. We are mere figure-heads upon a hulk, with livers in the place of hearts. The curse is the worship of idols, which at length changes the worshiper into a stone image himself; and the New-Englander is just as much an idolater as the Hindoo. This man was an exception, for he did not set up even a political graven image between him and his God.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 419, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]

The Heart
There are four classes of idols which beset men's minds. To these for distinction's sake I have assigned names—calling the first class Idols of the Tribe; the second, Idols of the Cave; the third, Idols of the Market-Place; the fourth, Idols of the Theatre.
[Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Novum Organum, Aphorism 39 (1620). Beginning of a warning to prepare the mind for doing science by eliminating prejudices.]

Hebrew culture is based on a single book, the Word of God. Greek culture, by contrast, is based on a thousand books, all of them by human authors. The god of the Hebrews sternly rejected graven idols. Consequently, the Hebrew tradition is iconoclastic—it scorns all attempts to materialize the divine. The Greek gods, conversely, admired the material world. Their admiration, as a matter of fact, often seems to be tinged with envy, as though they considered the material world better than the celestial. They wanted to be materialized
[O.B. Hardison (1928-1990), "Necessary Fictions," Entering the Maze: Identity and Change in Modern Culture, Oxford University Press (1981).]

Rationalists are admirable beings, rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence. Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is worship of stock and stone believing it to be God. I plead not for the suppression of reason, but for a due recognition of that in us which sanctifies reason.
[Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Young India (Oct. 14, 1926).]

One is proud to worship when he cannot be an idol.
[Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 205, selection 5[1], number 165, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882 February 1883.]

'Tis mad idolatry
To make the service greater than the god.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Act 2, sc. 2, l. 56-7]

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