Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Warriors One and All
I was watching Trinity Broadcasting Network. There was a nice Christian guy talking about how fun paintball was for everyone from Christian youth groups to Young Republicans. But there was a danger too. According to the church guy Jihadists are using paintball games to practice their jihadist ways. Behind the church-guy were a bunch of white Christian guys in white t-shirts and face masks shooting at each other with paint guns. I found this a little blindly hypocritical.
Here you have a bunch of religious fundamentalists practising shooting at each other with paintballs. How is this different? Oh yes, these are "our" fundamentalists. But it gets better and far more murky...
I am very much of an anti-war person. As far as fighting wars that we don't actually have to fight. I am all for getting the SOB's that want to attack us. That is cool. But Iraq is not the way to go about it. Anyway here is the murky part. After watching this hypocracy on the church channel I take my computer over to my brothers house and hook into a LAN game of Battlefield 2. Here we spend hours battling muslim armies and chinese armies killing as many of the badguys as we can.
The point is that these games are popular for all sorts of people. So is paintball. There are probably just as many liberal paintballers as righties. The desire to fight is part of the human condition. It is always lurking beneath our superfical civility. All little boys, big boys, and many girls, like playing WAR. There are some who question the ethics of people who like games like paintball or BF2. Does this predispose people to violence? Probably. My testosterone goes up when playing such games.