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The Huntress vs. The Headline : “Miracles, Heroes And Fairytale Weddings”

April 26, 2011

It has been a disappointing run on headlines in the past week (not just Fenris) that has left me dry on blogging. But courtesy of News.com.au today we have “‘Double Down Burger Is Hard To Swallow”, The Telegraph.com.au presented us with “Actress F-Bomb And Rants ‘I’m Rich'” and the ultimate headline “These Are Killer Rabbits Man!” with thanks to The Courier Mail.

Big news! Everyone beware of the killer rabbits!

Couldn’t resist that picture, but moving on to today’s headline I have to say that this is the most entertaining article I have read in a very long time. Mungo Maccallum explores the interesting chain of events that are occuring within this one week – Easter, Anzac Day and the impending Royal Wedding. Miracles, heroes and fairytale weddings all within a myth filled 7 day package.

I’m surprised Disney hasn’t cottoned onto these  events and made a movie out of it.

Starting with the miracles and the hero worship of a 2000-odd year old zombie, Mr. Maccallum makes the interesting point that those believing in the miracle of Easter seem to be suffering from some kind of Stockholm Syndrome. Why else would people continue to hero worship an alleged deity that sends natural disasters as a way to torment people for an apple stolen approximately 4000 years ago?

Even more interesting is the hesitant Easter messages given by clergy urging people to stay strong, stick together and rise above it all. They can’t seem to explain what went wrong with the deal of handing over the ‘son of God’ to be crucified in exchange for forgiveness, but hey sticking together sounds like a good deal anyway.

Mateship has always been a quintessential part of the ANZAC spirit, which brings us to the hero element of Mr. Maccallum’s piece. The use of Australian troops as cannon fodder by the British gave rise to a legend and gave Australia its unique identity. ‘Courage, sacrifice and mateship’ are the core of ANZAC pride, however as to whether Australia truly embodies these principles is another matter. But hey it sounds good when ‘politicians and preachers’ have to make their speeches, even if they know full well they do not embody this spirit themselves.

And to end the week of miracles and heroes we get to top it off with a virginal sacrifice in the form of a royal wedding. While the sacrifice itself is unlikely to still be virginal (I believe royal brides no longer require a medical certificate of virginity), Mr. Maccallum did kindly note that by offering herself to the most dysfunctional family on the planet she has provided us commoners with the excuse for another party. Now how’s that for a heroic miracle?

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