Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Slandered


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

In the vein of last week's question...

What if your most strongly held religious beliefs were suddenly denigrated by the in-power majority? And what if that powerful majority was telling lies about what you believe, and everyone believed their version? 

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  1. Funny, I feel like that is happening right now...

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  2. I guess I'd feel pretty much like I do right now.

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  3. I feel like this could be on anything, not just religion *nods*

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  4. It happened in Nazi Germany, and I have thought about this for years: what would I have done if I had lived in those times? Well,we might be living in those times. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. You know what they say nowadays. If you wonder what you would have done then, look at what you're doing right now. Because we are living in those times again, and if you're going along, you would have gone along. If you're resisting, you would have resisted.

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    2. Just an aside:

      A dear friend of mine was a teen during the war in SW Germany. She and her younger sibs were pulled from school & evacuated to the countryside to live with family acquaintances. The parents stayed in Stuttgart. The children subsisted on very little & were told to stay away from the occupying soldiers (ours).
      I think she told me her father sided with Hitler & her mother had no opinion (but was utterly devoted to her father).
      My friend always told me that Germany deserved whatever punishment they received by the Allied forces.

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    3. Scary that history is repeating itself.

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  5. I was thinking of a witty answer, and see Alex and J E sort of stole my thunder. Anyway, I don't know you, I don't think, but I used to blog a bunch and on occasion I still check up on folks, and in doing so I see you visit Brian and Andrew most of the time, thought I'd take a moment and say hey. So, uh, hey.

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  6. Doesn't that happen all over the world? Don't Christians suffer from this sort of thing all the time? I think that if something is your belief then you will do all you can to hold on to that.

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    1. I think nowadays it's more the Christians doing it to the non-Christians. But when Christianity was being established, yeah, definitely.

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  7. It would piss me off and I would stick to my guns.

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  8. I'm dittoing what Alex said.

    betty

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  9. I don't know if I have the guts to stick to my beliefs and not go with the flow.

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  10. This isn't fiction at all.
    Your own president denigrates the only thing I believe in - science.

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    1. First of all, not my president...
      But yeah.

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  11. Not terribly sci-fi I think Liz. Integrity is light on these days. People roll with the flow and rarely stand up for what they believe that's why governments keep getting away with this sort of shit. I would stand firm.

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    1. Truly deep sci fi always was informed by the currents going on in contemporary society...

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  12. if I have the guts to stick to my beliefs and not go with the flow.


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  13. I agree with Alex! I think it is going on right now!!

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    1. Good sci fi can be a camouflaged reaction to current events. Look at The Twilight Zone.

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