Sunday, March 29, 2015

Capturing The Moment With Words

Writing should be seen the same way we see a photograph--a record of a moment of movement. Instead, we tend to give the written word an undue amount of authority when it is really only a single frame of the fluidity of existence, just like a picture. Each freezes a moment of time, one of light, the other of thought. Each can record those precious moments, but neither should be seen as an authority or source of truth when the future presents a question. These slivers of our past are markers of where we've been, but should not be taken as things that determine our future.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Robertson Rape-Murder Fantasy Actually Justifies Christian Atrocities

Story: 'Duck Dynasty' Star Imagines Vivid Rape And Murder Scenario For Atheist Family

This incident is getting quite a bit of play from various media sites. The head of the Robertson clan of religious zealots is trying to make the case that atheists have no morals and would therefore have no alternative but to accept a family's brutal rape and murder. Not only is the assertion that atheists have no morals an outrageous falsehood, this scenario is actually one that fits better within a Christian framework.

The entire Christian religion is based on the idea that nothing anyone does matters because every believer eventually gets a pass and goes to heaven anyway. With this in mind, a more appropriately aligned scenario would have the Robertson clan raping and murder a family of their choosing each Saturday night and then get absolution from their god every Sunday. Then, when the Robertson clan and their victims all end up in heaven together, there would be no hard feelings and everyone exists side-by-side forever in paradise.

The moral of this story is that Christianity allows for anyone to do anything without suffering any consequences in the end. In addition, victims get to live forever knowing that their murderers and torturers get no different treatment than those who lived without murdering and torturing people.

It's no wonder people with the sickest fantasies and tendencies flock toward this religion.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fake Gun Shop Bad, Fake Abortion Clinics Good

Story: NRA Affiliate Is So Scared Of This Gun Safety Video That It Wants A Criminal Investigation

This story is about a fake gun shop that captures the reactions of people who are told the real statistics about gun violence. The NRA members and conservatives in general are upset, but it is not too far from the tactic used by fake abortion clinics, something they strongly support.

Oh, we hypocritical humans. We can't go a day without showing that side of ourselves. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Discriminating Self

I like the sentiment in this image, but it won't be realized anytime soon because almost all of us conflate beliefs and ourselves even if it's not on purpose or realized.

As I've written before, our literal self-identity does include held beliefs, especially the strongly held ones. It is why so many people become defensive when their beliefs are challenged. To attack someone's beliefs is to attack them personally and the same self-defense mechanism kicks in that is used when physically attacked or threatened.

So this idea is ideal, but until we recognize the error we commit with making beliefs a part of our self-structure, it's not something that will happen, unfortunately.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Godly Sticks and Stones Exception

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.*

*Gods not included.