Need to use my time wisely today…I just returned from my second spike camping trip, out to San Antonio to work on Mission San Jose. It was an interesting trip. The work was somewhat dull, dusting, a bit of respackling, rearranging of items within storage units, washing and whitewashing the walls…Mostly preparatory work for when new exhibits would be put in and helping the park staff organize it’s things. But I did learn quite a bit about the history of South Texas there, which was a great bonus. I did not know the Spanish method of colonizing the New World was, according to an informative video, to send just a few priests in along with a few skilled laborers and convert the native people to turn them into willing Spanish citizens. I mean, I knew that the purpose of the missions was to convert and spread Christianity, but I did not know that it was the main engine behind the Spanish colonial engine.
It lends strong credence towards Richard Dawkins’ theory of the meme, I can’t help but notice. Dawkins describes religions as basically "thought-viruses," that hijack our minds and evolve over time to best maintain their integrity and accelerate their spread. In short, they evolve. It sounds utterly ridiculous at first, but thinking about the growth and adaptation over time of most of the missionary religions, their evolution from aggressive, exclusionary faiths to more tempered, "rationalist" faiths, fitting themselves to the mold of the masses as history progresses…And I can’t help but compare the missions to a virus, hijacking the "cell" of the New World by taking the substance of its land to create new cities for its vectors. And it takes the "untapped potential" of the indigenous people, reprogramming them the way a virus inserts its own RNA into a host cell so they then spread more "viruses" when they meet their fellows…I’m sure Dawkins meant for the negative connotations to remain, but I do not…Sort of. I’m just expounding on Dawkins’ theory because my trip to San Antonio made me think more about it.
So YEA. Using time wisely…I need to do laundry today, find a desk and hopefully a dresser for my room, practice the Uke some more, and work on the D&D game for tomorrow…So I need to get off of here for now, but I just wanted to write a bit about what’s been floating around in my mind since this spike.