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30 Days of Truth – Day 19

December 9, 2010

Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

LMAO  Really??  Religion OR politics?  Religion AND politics?  In the same post?  Having them sitting together in that header, it’s just outright silliness.  Well…  In terms of normal people and the can of worms that those topics can create.  For me?  They’re actually really good together.  I can sum up those two topics in… 5 words (not that I’ll shut up that quickly, ha!):  The root of all evil.  Yes, that’s what I really think.  No, I’m not going for shock value or an ironic POV like some witty, hipster blogger.  Now, let me clarify one thing before we get started.

In my little brain, as oddly as it may process things, religion has absolutely nothing to do with God.  Or Buddha.  Or Allah.  Or Shiva.  Or Ra.  I don’t care who you do or don’t believe in, religion has nothing to do with that entity.  Religion is an excuse created by man (YES, extreme and far reaching example, it’s my blog, not yours- shut up) to persecute others that frighten, confuse or impede them in some way.  All in the name of that almighty one.  Religion is about taming and brainwashing the masses to support the power structure at the top of the religious ladder.  That support can come in various ways, including, but not limited to the monetary and the physical.  (Don’t even get me started on tithing…)  I think there are some really wonderful things about religion (still excluding deities from the equation)- community, family, emotional support, charitable activities…  But these have often been abused and overlooked and overshadowed.

Politics?  Exactly the same.  A self serving, elite power structure at the top of the heap, telling “Joe the Plumber” what he should think about this or that issue, taking money and manpower and mismanaging everything all in the name of the idea greater than ourselves = democracy/the King/Idon’tknowanythingaboutpoliticssoIdon’tknowwhatelsetoaddhere.

Put those two together…  poof.  Evil.  I’m sure there’s some sort of six degrees of separation we can do to connect every major horrific event in the history of the world to these two concepts.  Okay, yes, yes, I’m exaggerating.  A little.  Sorta.  Not really.  I will plead ignorance, though.  I don’t do history and I don’t do theology, I have absolutely nothing to back my views.  It’s a whim, it’s a fantasy, it’s a fallacy, call it what you will, I don’t care.

/end blog

K, now it’s your turn.  Ready…. GO!

 

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30 Days of Truth – Day 17

December 7, 2010

Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

I walked away from this post HOURS ago because I was sure there wasn’t a book that changed my views on anything. Then I thought about going with the smartass route and mentioning a textbook of some sort. Then I randomly thought of a book. It’s kinda cheesy, but it’s true.

The Shack, by William P. Young, is the author’s account of a personal tragedy and the rediscovery of his faith through an unexpected and unbelievable series of introductions and events. Basically, he meets God in the woods at the shack. This visit challenges his preconceived ideas of God and his way of living. Okay, enough of the book report and on to the changing of the views. I can see one of my sisters right now, btw, being very excited by the direction this post is taking. No worries, though, I am still my lovable agnostic self. BUT, in a way, this book did prove to me that I am agnostic and not atheist. It made want to believe in the characters presented in the book. It made me envious of the author and the impact the divine intervention/nervous breakdown/hallucination/wishful thinking had on his life. It encouraged me to know that someone else out there thinks that the notion of a vengeful god is absolutely ridiculous.

I’m not sure where all of this was going. I’ve taken two quizzes and watched three tutorials throughout the writing of this post, so the train of thought was kinda interrupted. But I’m back on the wagon and will be posting every day again (provided I don’t come down with another plague).

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