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23 August 2002 @ 09:37 am
Thought for today  
Like religion in our own day, the Irish religious impulse must have manifested itself in a variety of different ways. The basely religious would have been glad to sacrifice others to gods they conceived of as ravening horrors, projections of their own psyches and their own twisted lives. These we still find today among religious types who rigidly put principle before people, whose icons (within Christianity) are likely to be bland, breastless madonnas or glassy-eyed Nordic Christs. At the other pole were people like Lindow Man, who willingly died for his people. Between those poles, I'd say, stood the vast majority of Irish votaries, sometimes giving in to their baser religious instincts, sometimes inspired by the nobler ideas of their religion.</i>
-Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization