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A Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can “destroy” children’s souls.
In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, and that they “were about darkness and the world of death”.
“Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters,” he explained. “These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.”
Lego’s Monster Fighters range features Lord Vampyre, a fanged Dracula-like character, who battles the likes of Doctor Rodney Rathbone and Major Quinton Steele as they try to prevent him from “cloaking the world in darkness”.
The priest also cited research by New Zealand’s University of Canterbury that found the facial expressions of Lego figures have also become angrier over the years, and that this compounded their evil potential.
“Facial expressions may be lead to confusion between good and evil,” said Father Kostrzewa. “It appears the good suffer in battle and the ‘villains’ have a face showing satisfaction with their evil deeds.”
But the claims that Lego blocks are becoming the work of the devil was dismissed by at least one expert.
Father Kostrzewa’s attack on Lego is not the first time he has accused toys of harbouring evil. Hello Kitty and My Little Pony have also come under his scrutiny, with the latter being described as a “carrier of death”.
Lego was unavailable for comment.
… Speaking in a Lent service directed at parents in the Polish town of Wolsztyn, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa mourned the lost innocence of the hugely popular Danish toy.
He said that until recently, Lego bricks represented a “very desirable toy for children, because of their educational value”.
But he decried the new Lego Monster Fighters range, which features “evil” characters including Lord Vampyre, The Ghosts, The Werewolf, The Swamp Creature and the completely non-derivative Crazy Scientist’s Monster.
“Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters,” Father Kostrzewa explained. …
Perhaps not an April fools gag.
Research history and you will find the truth about Satan, a product of syncretism. A satan (accuser or adversary) was a sort of prosecuting attorney at a time when there were not laws as we know them. An accuser was a very fearful thing because a satan could really get you killed just by making up something horrible that you did. Even today, with a vivid enough description of the suffering of one or more victims, many people on a jury will be convinced of an accused person’s guilt with ZERO evidence connecting the accused to the victim. Imagine how much worse it must have been a few thousand years ago!
The concept that someone was possessed by Satan (the liar) could actually save your life back then, so this idea survived through history as different cultures combined. An accuser was not always wrong. At times the accuser played a needed role in exposing a real criminal or wrongdoer. But the real risk of a false witness kept people in fear of being shunned or killed by the group. This is one reason that both the Principles of Ma’at and the later Ten Commandments include admonishments against bearing false witness.
The weak human ego’s inability to accept that we are not “pure” and inherently good beings of light, that we are each, in truth, a mixed bag, is why very few people are able to accept the truth about Satan. Satan does exist, but not in the way you probably believe if you were raised in an organized religion. To protect your self-concept, your ego tells you that the desires you have to misbehave, your temptations, are coming from the outside. Satan or demons are not entities, but urges or behaviors. Satan is a trick that says you are not responsible. Sorry, you are. Satan is the human behavior of lashing out in greed, fear, lust, hate, etc. not due to supernatural demonic possession, but because some people do not take the time to face themselves clearly and courageously, with all of their flaws and to then make good decisions. Satan is a big lie that can result when people lie to themselves too much.
Legos? Sure, anything can be a tool of Satan if you ignore your own mind’s inner workings.