Yesterday was the day when kids celebrated a bunny bringing a basket full of eggs, while grown-ups celebrated a man who walked on water, rose from the dead and flew off into the clouds. Today, we are back to workday realities. And that might as well include the reality of what Easter is really all about.
You’ve no doubt heard plenty of religious people tell you about the “true” meaning of Easter already, just as they’ve told you about the “true” meaning of Christmas. But the TRUE true meaning of Easter, like the TRUE true meaning of Christmas, is considerably older than Christianity; it goes back to pagan traditions commemorating the cycle of the seasons. The entire Christian narrative is a beautiful allegory on this theme.
But rather than try to detail the whole thing in such a small space, allow me to defer to an expert on the topic: cultural archaeologist D.M. Murdoch, who writes under the name Acharya S. Her book The Christ Conspiracy; the Greatest Story Ever Sold is a fascinating treatise that draws parallels between Christianity and the older mythological systems from which it evolved. She has written extensively about, among other things, how Easter originated as a festival marking the vernal equinox. And her blogs are worth checking out, although she seems disproportionately obsessed with denouncing Islam.
Of course, it’s theoretically possible (though rather unlikely) that the biblical account of Jesus was inspired in part by an actual person. But even so, assuming that his values were anything like those he supposedly taught, he was quite different from the image most of his supposed followers have of him, and vastly different from the supposed followers themselves. And even if there really was some sort of historical Jesus, his teachings and the alleged events of his life are almost all borrowed from older traditions.
Your Professor Of Propaganda urges you to seek out the TRUE true truth about Easter, not just because it’s truly and truthfully true (which, truth be told, is reason enough) but also because ultimately it’s more interesting, more illuminating and more spiritually fulfilling than the Christian nonsense you’re always fed instead.