There's one reason people can't agree on one True
religion (negating the existence of a religious "truth"). And there's a reason I why can't deny love for music that Vikings might enjoy as a soundtrack to the village pillage and raping:Ethnocentricity
People tend to worship people / deities who look like them. Asians tend to be Buddhist or Hindu. Arabs tend to be Muslim... etc. It's a lazy, lazy premise, but it's reality for the most part.
There are exceptions (especially in Southeast Asia and generalized Western Christianity), but they are always spoiled by things like the depiction of an American Jesus
looking more like Kris Kristofferson than someone from the Middle East. And the popular Mormons are on track to bleach the theology to country-club proportions with their lost American Tribe of Israel narrative that borders on racism.
The height of Christian Hyponopocrisy
, to me, came when the fair-skinned people of Baton Rouge were appalled at the depiction of a "Black Jesus" at a chapel in Southern University (an excellent, historically black university). Never-mind that such a depiction is probably geographically and tonally closer than the uber
-anglicized version we see in Flemish or Chick Publications' art.
Nice try, but no true religion = no such thing.
Religion tries to branch out beyond its ethnic boundaries under the guise of spreading good things to the ignorant, but it usually devolves into a theological form of ethnic cleansing complete with backlash / modification of "wealthier" beliefs by the "ignorant" (Virgin de Guadeloupe). See explosive Mormonism in South America, then vomit.
All this applies to music (the other religion) as well. You get your valiant, if tasteless, attempts at ant-ethnocentricity like Paul Simon's Graceland
, but don't try to tell your average middle-aged American Jewish person that Babs Streisand's music is overrated or possibly schlock
This leads me to self examination: Why can I not get into Hip Hop at all? Why do my ears gravitate towards anything violently, mythologically south of Guns 'N Roses - no matter how stupid it seems to the real world?
It might be my Norse / Manx heritage.
Maybe, subconsciously, I'd rather not hear one person who doesn't look like me shout (not sing) about how great they are? Maybe I'd rather hear a group of people who look like me scream (not sing) about pain and destruction in the vague name of valor
or life experience? ( This has nothing to do with ethnocentricity, but homosexuality and music is slightly related.Collapse )
Excuse me, I have to catch a plane. Me and some dudes gotta to burn down a usurping Xtian Church outside of Helsinki in the name of Thør, fire, pussy, and shiny things.