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June 7th, 2006

(no subject) @ 08:06 am


To be honest, until this morning's 4-Block World, I haven't really found any of the cartoons all that good, which is why I haven't been posting. Still, Tom has hit it on the head with today's.

Anyway, happy 6-7-6, which as we all know is 26 squared, which, as we all know, is 13x13x2x2, and we all know how bad 13 is, and we all know what #2 is (George Carlin did a whole thing about that, didn't he? "Why did they pick number two? 13 already had a bad rap; why can't it mean "sh*t" and bad luck?"). Maybe I'm the only one who ever heard this: the significance of 666 in the Apocalypse (or the Revelation of St. John, depending on what you call it) is that it's a numeric representation of "Nero Caesar", the emperor of Rome at the time that John wrote it. In fact, from what I remember, most of the Apocalypse was political commentary disguised as religious text.

Anyway, enough theology for one day...
 
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From:wingguy
Date:June 7th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
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My understanding is that in ancient numerology, "6" symbolized human and imperfect, whereas "7" meant holy and complete. The humans John of Patmos was refering to were certainly, from the point of view of the early Christians at least, bad guys who represented evil. I guess you could say it was political, though John was doing more than simply advocating a political philosophy. He was writing to Christians who were being harrassed and occasionally martyred, and he thought it was the beginning of a general persecution of all Christians. And we think our politics were bitterly partisan!

Most scholars believe that the author of Revelations is not the same as St. John, the gospel writer. Of course both of these guys preceded that other famous writer, John of Atlanta.
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From:john_holton
Date:June 7th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I did know that about numerology (that 7 was perfect, so 6 was somewhat less than perfect). I think I heard the thing about 666 representing Nero from Isaac Asimov, who then went on to show how you could make just about anyone the beast (he goes on to say that you could do it with Hitler, although you'd have to misspell his name to get it to work), but I thought that it was an interesting observation.

I appreciate your listing me among John of Patmos and John the Divine, although I'm not so sure that I'm that famous just yet...
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From:wingguy
Date:June 7th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Just as famous? Maybe not. But you're going to be just as influential.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...