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Moral Orel: Omnipresence

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 13th 2006 10:12AM

moral orelOral's Class - ...and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God and Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for all of our sins and then rose on the third day, indivisible, with liberty and justice for most.

In the latest episode of Moral Orel, Orel Puppington learns that God is everywhere, even inside you and me. This leads the young lad to believe he too is infallible, which gets him in trouble at school when he insists the textbooks are wrong and God is giving him all the correct answers. Undaunted, Oral and his inner pal God decide to skip school and hit the town.

Oral - You mean if I unplug that you'll stop living?

Elderly woman on life support - Don't be so negative. I prefer to say, "I'll start being dead."

Orel continues to take advantage of his newfound divinity, even convincing Reverend Putty to shine his shoes. Orel's reasoning is that the Reverend works for God, and since God is inside Orel the Reverend must do whatever Orel says. Eventually Orel ends up at a hospital, where he meets a terminally ill woman who begs him to unplug her from life support. Orel confers with God and decides it's okay, yanking the plug from the wall with more jubilation than is normally found in a ten year old murdering an old woman.

Orel - But God is in me, dad.

Dad - Well, sure, there's a little bit of God in all of us, just not enough to do any good.

Ending the life of a total stranger winds up being the last straw, and Orel once again finds himself in his dad's study where his father dispenses both physical punishment and a few words of wisdom.

Moral Orel is about a pious young boy who sometimes takes the word of God a little too literally, but it's also an exploration of the philosophical implications of certain religious beliefs. Everything Orel does, whether its raising the dead, getting addicted to crack, or killing an old lady when she's in mid-sentence, is done because he believes it's the right thing to do, and he has the reasoning to back it up. His father usually sets him straight, but with logic just as twisted and self-serving as Orel's. When characters in Moral Orel speak of God, they're actually talking about the perception of God they've concocted in their own minds that serves their lifestyle best. I guess one could say Moral Orel is really about Original Sin. No matter how hard Orel tries, his efforts to do good never quite pan out, and by "never quite pan out" I mean people usually wind up mutilated or dead.

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What the "h" "e" double Hell?

February 13 2006 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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