Sunday, May 24, 2009
Before I start, I just want to say, chain emails are nicht gut. Especially the ones of the religious kind.
1. Believe it or not, but atheists CAN actually be good people.
If you need religion to be a good person, then clearly, you're not the good, and strangely, religion is. Although, I guess if religion is what it takes to have more good people in the world, then so be it. Dickheads are not fun.
2. Atheists do NOT worship satan.
Atheists simply believe that there is no mystical, all knowing, omnipotent ruling power and that's that. Just because they do not worship 'God' does not mean that they worship the opposing "power" either. Atheists don't worship anything - not even science, despite what most will tell you.
3. There is no such thing as a religious child. Children are ignorant beings, and will believe any kind of shit you feed them. In primary and middle school we are made to try every subject before making decisions upon which fields we are interested in, or like or dislike, to further study in senior. Why is it not the same for religion? Why can we not all be educated from a third person standpoint - ie. not someone who's wanting to believe and not someone who's trying to convince - about all kinds of religious views, including Agnosticism and Atheism? Only then can we truly make an informed choice as to what kind of people we want to be.
4. The aforementioned chain email reads "[It is] Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says." -- Really? ... Really? This sentence leaves me lost for words. Ok but here they come - Really? You actually find that funny? Let me ask you: Do YOU question the news you read everyday? Isn't it therefore sinful to follow the word of the Bible aaand to believe the morning newspaper? Following your logic, it almost seems like you're suggesting that religious people shouldn't read or believe the newspaper.
What reason would the newspapers have to publish false truths? Do you actually think that the publishing companies are out to get us, and want to convert us all their new religion, Newspaperism, so we can follow the word of the Newspaper, live and quote Sports section, Page 10, Articles 6 to 8 - "And so we say, Matthew Johns is a dickhead!" Which is so not true, anyway.
Unless you're in North Korea, what is published in the media isn't controlled. North Koreans are probably the only people who should believe the bible over the media. This might surprise you, but the events that occur in newspapers are pretty damn recent, as opposed to being passed down through hearsay from generation to generation through oh I don't know... 21+ hundered years.
5. I will believe anything I want, thank you very much. With a scientific point of view, I am very, very happy to be proven wrong and quickly jump onto your religion bandwagon, but until that day comes, I will live my life the way I want, and you're not going to tell me otherwise.
6. Comic Sans, rainbow coloured paragraphs and using the word 'funny' to begin every second one of said colourful paragraphs really isn't the best way to spread the word of God. Correct grammar would help, and general sense-making would be nice too.
I am not making an attack on religion; simply defending Atheism and perhaps pointing out some minor flaws of religion in doing so. I am not anti-religion. I am simply pro-nonreligion. There's a difference.
If you wish for me to forward you this chain email, just leave me your address and I'll get back to you.
Hate away now. Go on.
Labels: atheism, circulating email, religion
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Because of this new layout, I've had to sacrifice any good looking commenting and following functions.
However, if you wish to follow this blog, simply go to your dashboard, to the box which alerts you of the blogs you're following, and towards the bottom there are "add" and "manage" buttons. Click add, and then just put the URL right in.
Anyway, to address the commenting issue - I've attempted to implement a new kind of commenting system. I've manually coded in a comment box, however, it will always be to the same post. The comment form doesn't specify which post, so it really doesn't affect user commenting at all. This basically creates a system in which people can comment any single post, but because all previous comments for any post will appear, it almost doubles as a kind of enitre blog forum. This would allow for more things like @replies, opinion sharing, comment feuds etc.
I've provided example comments, so feel free to read over my older posts and comment them too. Make them interesting and fight each other and stuff. Have fun :)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Everything's changing from the initial novelty and high of new things to a comparatively, complete low.
There are no new people to meet, no new bus routes to try. No reason to pretend that you need a friend to show you the ropes, and no reason not to know. There's no more reason to force yourself to keep an open mind, to keep reminding yourself that first impressions shouldn't count, and that opportunities should be given before judgement.
No, that isn't how it works. Everything is hyped up, and you know things can only get worse from there. Optimism is flawed, realism is impossible and pessimism is potentially dangerous.
I feel so lost right now.
The people who I consider my friends are constantly changing and shifting. I dread the activities my weeks once relvolved around. My doubts towards and kind of stability have increased tenfold, not to mention the sheer amount of work that is just piling up at the moment.
Careers Counselling just made me realise so much more that I don't know what I want to do, right now, or ever.
Roots haven't grown, and there isn't yet a strong enough tree for me to lean on.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Some people might think I'm crazy, but I love empty frames. All over my room, I have empty photo frames, empty poster frames, even an empty snow globe.
It's the absolute transparency, yet infinite possibility.
It really makes me wonder.
I wish I could be someone else, so I could meet me. I wonder what I would think of me. I wonder if I'd like me, or even just if I'd think I were nice or thoughtful. My goal is for this blog to actually be read, and for people to subscribe, but I wonder, would I?
Everything that I've ever wanted anybody else to do, I now question myself - would I?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I don't know if it just applies to me, but my plans never, ever seem to work out right.
Whether if it's only planning my activities for the afternoon, planning the way in which I will bring down the multitude of assignments I have at hand, if I'm planning the people I want to spend an overseas trip with, or if I'm planning the rest of my life. They never, ever work out.
It's infuriatingly frustrating, and to be frank, it actually depresses me a fair bit. I understand that most things are very subjective to life, but constantly, I am bombarded with being told to PLAN. Teachers, parents, even myself, telling me to plan everything. To plan my time, plan my homework, plan my social life. And if anything ever goes wrong, the reason for it will always be because I didn't plan effectively enough, or simply because I didn't plan at all - they have a point. They're all correct, but you know what? Plans never work. Plans never work out the way you "plan" for.
If you have a plan, then by default you also have something that will most definitely derail it. In my opinion, plans are just ideas which never come into fruition that we use to pretend a way of order in our lives.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Some people are really shallow.
Some people are so much less than they make themselves to be. Some people make you believe in so much crap, you feel like an idiot for not knowing before.
I don't know why they bother hiding it - you always find them out. It's just a matter of when.
Thanks a lot for teaching me this. I'll never forget that some things are just too good to be true.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Why is it that people nowadays simply take for granted the incredible awesomeness of technology?
For example, I have no idea how iPhones and iPod touches manage to incorporate a pressure recognition system thing while at the same time, display images 50 billion times better quality than my plasma TV. In fact, I couldn't explain to you any kind of screen display, or memory, or audio output. But despite all this, I simply take it as it comes, without question but with 'meh', accepting that maybe I'll just never know.
Five years ago, if you were to have handed me a touchscreen piece of technology that was quite readily mass distributed to the entire world (ie. Hello, Apple) - at 9 years old and easily amused, I would've yelled "Magick!", with a 'k', and quickly burned you at the stake.
Nowadays we justify technology based on the fact that we're pretty sure someone somewhere out there can explain it, therefore it isn't an amazing feat of bejebus and his miracles, but perhaps, that of Dumbledore instead.
Labels: bejebus, fall, miracles, scooters, technology, vacation, your mum
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Living your life with no expectations... is the best way to do it.
If you don't have expectations for anyone - if you don't expect anyone give anything to you, you may be quite surprised what may come your way.
Don't expect that the people you trust today will be there tomorrow; don't expect that what you have in plan today will turn out in the future. It all sounds very pessismistic, but it really helps you to see and appreciate when good things happen.
On another note, over the past few weeks I've come to learn that I really hate liking people. When I say like, I mean on likage on all levels. It makes me feel certain when I like someone, that everyone in the world is wanted except me.
Goodbye for now.