People Like Green

The more I think about John Green, the author mentioned in the previous post, the more I realize that I loathe people of his type. John Green, for all intents and purposes, is an atheist. His religion literally has nothing to do with his core values. He, after all, said so – he feels uncomfortable identifying as a religious person and doesn’t think the existence of God really matters. He is a secular humanist who thinks that Jesus guy was totally cool.

And so when John Green writes an article advocating for universal healthcare on biblical principles (my source for this can be found in my previous blog post…I may look up the actual article later), my response to this is one of anger. How DARE he – a man who is uncomfortable identifying himself as religious because he’s afraid of the negative stigma, and a man who doesn’t find the existence of God to be a core part of his beliefs – quote the New Testament to justify his political views? He has absolutely no right. Why, pardon my language, the fuck should I care what John Green’s interpretation of the Bible is? The man isn’t a Christian in any meaningful sense of the word.

It’s like me using the Qur’an to argue against the contraception mandate. It’s not only silly, it’s insulting. I am not a Muslim and have no right to be using their holy book to justify my political ends. That Green thinks Christ had some swell ideas doesn’t change any of this.

BUT – Since I am not a liberal, I am not afraid to read John Green and separate the art from the artist (I’m looking at you, anybody who freaked out when Vox Day was nominated for a Hugo). So when I write my final, overarching “The Fault in Our Stars” review, it’s not going to be one of pedantic bashing (SPOILER – roughly a five out of ten, and a thumbs down). And I intend to read his Edgar-winning mystery “Paper Towns”. But that doesn’t mean I like, or even respect, the guy, except in the sense that he can write well at times. But as a person? Not likely.

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10 Responses to People Like Green

  1. Crude says:

    A great post, especially the end.

    • Thanks. TFioS is a very odd book. I’m not quite sure what to think of it. On one hand, I come out feeling as if it was kind of deep, but on the other hand it seems like a very false depth.

      • John says:

        Are you going to see the movie?

      • Res says:

        You’re pretty much right re: John Green, a real author wouldn’t need to throw cancer into a story in order to justify a female hating every other female and disliking things generally. It’s a compromise, which is always negative, because as soon as you mitigate something you’re a hedonist. Females can be either good or bad. The result of this is an ending which is essentially hedonistic, but takes on a false depth (or a real depth, depending on terminology and such) because it posits the kingdom of heaven in hedonistic terms and therefore fails to make a leap of faith. In conclusion, that which is older is better, so use smoke signals instead of Facebook, and Twilight instead of The Fault in Our Stars, Ezra Pound or T. S. Eliot, in approximately descending order within the temporal order, but separated by a lack of aesthetic coherence and stolen, blurred lines. The question, though, is: if you publically advocate stealing lines from others for one’s own poetry, why would one feel the need to add footnotes to a poem?

  2. Res says:

    But if Islam stands higher than Christianity, aren’t you a Muslim? How’s a man supposed to change?

    And it would, if Vox Day is a Christian.

  3. I have no plans to read John Greene. Romance isn’t my thing, but I doubt I’d read it even if it was. I just have this thing about avoiding uber-popular writers.

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