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   'If it were to be true, one would be living under a permanent surveillance, a round-the-clock celestial dictatorship that watched you while you slept; and could convict you of thought crime, could indict you for things you thought in the privacy of your own skull, and sentence you to quite a long stretch, namely an eternity of punishment for that.  Or dangle not to me very attractive reward of life of eternal praise and grovelling and sprawling and singing the praises of someone who you are ordered to love; someone whom you must both love and fear ... Compulsory love — how fascinating.'  Christopher Hitchens, interview Divine Impulses


The late contrarian Christopher Hitchens coldly laid out the horror of a real-life Sky-Daddy: ‘It is the wish to be a slave.  It is the desire that there be an unalterable unchallengeable tyrannical authority who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep.  Who can subject you — who must indeed subject you — to a total surveillance ... A celestial North Korea.  Who wants this to be true?  Who but a slave desires such a ghastly fate? ... At least you can fucking die and leave North Korea.’  




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