Cheetahs are one of my favorite animals so I was interested in what Mr.Bednar had to say in GC. He basically used Boyd K Packer's "Spiritual Crocodiles" analogy & changed the animal from crocodile to cheetah. Wouldn't this be plagiarism? But then again Packer probably stole it from someone else.
Why do you think Bednar acts like he does? He’s a closet homosexual living a lie. He really wants to fly free in the Castro District in San Francisco or West Hollywood. Him and Oaks are jealous of the pride community. Nobody hates gays more than one stuck in the closet scared to come out.
Rubicon Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Why do you think Bednar acts like he does? He’s > a closet homosexual living a lie. He really wants > to fly free in the Castro District in San > Francisco or West Hollywood. Him and Oaks are > jealous of the pride community. Nobody hates gays > more than one stuck in the closet scared to come > out.
Aren't lions in a pride? I thought cheetahs lived on their own.
> But then again Packer probably stole it from > someone else.
None of them ever show any signs of originality.
Their anecdotes always ring phony. They may (or may not) be loosely (as in LOOSELY) based on some actual experience that they had, but it's easy to see that they have basically fabricated the story to support some take-away "lesson" that they are trying to teach.
In Packer's story, we find this:
"I knew he must be joking and asked him seriously, “What is the problem?” The answer again: 'Crocodiles.'
“'Nonsense,' I said. 'There are no crocodiles out there. Anyone can see that.'"
This dialogue rings false. For one thing, in this story Packer is visiting this part of Africa for the first time and a full-time ranger in the wildlife park is explaining something that he would be infinitely more knowledgeable about to Packer. Does it make any sense that Packer would immediately dismiss the ranger's explanation as "nonsense." Plus, the whole idea that crocodiles are sneaky and hide beneath the surface in order to surprise prey is common knowledge. Anyone who grew up with the Peter Pan story, for example, would think this about crocodiles. But Packer's pretending that he, a grown man, thought that there could be no crocodiles because they weren't immediately visible.
These guys just make up crap, and usually it's nothing more than a variation on a familiar theme that has been repeated countless times elsewhere.
Joseph Smith's "First Vision" basically plagiarizes elements from various vision stories that were circulating in his area at the time he was deciding to start up his own cult. Charles Finney's vision story is one good example.
The main elements in Bednar's story do seem to track with Packer's story. In both cases, they're probably hoping the little people will be impressed by how well-traveled these super leaders are. I loved how in Packer's case, he was basically on an all-expenses-paid junket to South Africa, i.e. paid for by the dweeb tithepayers, most of whom will never be able to dream of taking a big trip to South Africa. Of course Packer had to introduce the story about his fun safari adventure by first mentioning that he had spent days doing the "grueling" work of dedicating chapels here and there. (In other words, he traveled and enjoyed sightseeing all over South Africa and all he had to do at each destination area was dress up in a suit for a few hours and spazz out a dedication prayer, shake some hands, go back to the hotel and head out for more fun and adventure.)
Bednar is such an obvious bureaucrat, he's living proof of Mormon delusion. They find the stiff bastard spiritual. I would say the religion is stiff, else he wouldn't fit in. Plagiarism is common among these petty officials. The man has no ideas. "Imagine the rug is salvation." Why doesn't he go after forks?
My aunt married the wrong guy. She never admits it to anyone. No one likes her husband. Most people like her. He is a total ass and someone needs to put him in his place. I don't claim him as an uncle. He ordered me back to church once and he hadn't seen me in 19 years.
He has a grandson and his wife who have now left the church, just as the grandson's parents were leaving as mission president. I'd hate to be that grandson. Luckily, the grandson doesn't live anywhere close to him--like STATES away.
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