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For some reason I got up at 3:30ish and tried hard to sleep again but it wouldn't come. Oh well, let's call this practice for the 12-hour shifts coming up at work.

I used the time to outline an essay I'd like to write someday about faerie and angel figurines. We visited Frankenmuth this weekend and for the third time I saw some Faerie Glen figurines on sale and got to thinking about them. In my childhood in the Bible Belt faerie figurines like these would have caused a huge stir, yet today they are available even down there, and of course both Barbie and the Tinkerbell franchise have made several movies using similar characters. But I also saw some angel figurines and that's what got me thinking: angels vs faeries. I'm sure it's a well-traveled space (madonna/whore, Eve/Lilith) but hey I thought it would be fun to get into later when I had more time. I'm particularly interested in how the concepts I see in the figurines translate to masculine images.

I also uncovered an idea for a short story that I never wrote down that I called Alien Jesus. The story idea is that humanity develops a star drive, meets aliens, and the aliens have their own version of Jesus (who I named J'okshar) who did everything the human Jesus did and far far more. The choice quote:

"When the Child of God came to visit us, we were moved by its words and deeds, and chose to continue listening. Our gospel is a hundred times the length of yours, and contains everything yours does but also includes critical lessons in what you would call sociology, anthropology, and economics. As proof of its divinity, J'okshar gave us two mathematical proofs, one regarding the distribution of prime numbers and the other providing an unbreakable cipher algorithm (which allowed all of us to communicate to each other freely). After fifty years of teaching it was given kingship over its people, where it reigned in peace for a hundred years. It was heartened by the growth of its message to other nations, and as proof of its faith in our conversion it gave to us the equation relating matter and energy shortly before it passed away. On the third day it rose from the dead just as it did for you, and vanished a month later. Within a century our entire world had achieved peace.

We are sad that J'okshar's time among your people had been so short. Had you not killed him so quickly, you might have avoided millenia of further bloodshed."

The ending would be that most of humanity's atheists would be converted to this "alien" version of Christianity (due to the fact that it had solid evidence to back it up), while the existing human Christians become atheistic nihilists because they would find no appeal in a religion that didn't elevate humanity above everything else in the universe.


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