It’s A Sin

Being gay is a sin. We may think it’s laughable to think so but remember religion’s power comes through guilt. That any time you are having fun you are in fact damning your soul to eternal torment and that you are nothing but sinful.

And this has a terrible effect on people. [Read more...]

Ostrich

There is an image of the ostrich born out of the cartoons we watched as kids. It’s the idea that it would bury it’s head in the sand at the first sign of any threat under the notion that if it cannot see the threat then there is no problem.

But growing up I found out that the ostrich has a less stupid survival mechanism. It is not only fast as a horse but also  can kick you to death. Chances are it’s not likely to hide in the sand. Not when it can outrun most things and stamp most things that can catch it.

But the imagery stuck. [Read more...]

Reddit Response – Cultural Imperialism

Some questions for all the supporters.

This is a private Christian school, why is a teenager’s wishes being held higher than the rules that the school set forth?

Why did the feather have to be ON the cap, as that was what was actually opposed to?

Explain to me how a feather that was at one time only given to warriors and Chiefs has cultural relevance at the high school graduation of a teenage girl?

By the way, good luck as a member of the tribe couldn’t do it.

The truth is, and down vote me all you want, many tribes take their customs and histories from the writings of early white settlers. I’m not saying that it’s the fault of these people that their ancestors tried to reclaim a heritage that was forced away from them. But I am saying that it might be time to stop giving special treatment to anyone who yells “heritage” any time they’re told that they can’t do something. Because the truth of the matter is that there is no cultural reason for a teenager to have a bald eagle feather. And to all the people who say that the rituals and customs have been “adapted” to modern time, guess what? You can’t change a custom and then claim that you do it because it’s your culture. It’s just some shit that you made up and are asking everyone to accept.

Before you down vote me as I know you will, do me a favor. Actually answer those questions I asked.

- Springheeljac

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Faith Healing and Never Learning

When you believe in something religiously, you are considered to have “faith”.

I spoke about it earlier, the difference between a delusion and religion is merely what we believe in. A god due to it’s wide acceptance is considered “normal” rather than weird.

The problem with a delusion is that evidence against the delusion is twisted in order to fit into supporting the delusion.  [Read more...]

Death’s the Final Step

Dying is the last thing you will do with your life. We all are guaranteed to die, some earlier and in more tragic circumstances than others. Some go kicking and screaming and fighting to live, some of us die with acceptance and quickly.

But the truth is we all die.

Fear of death is natural, and we all fear it to the point of creating an escape mechanism. A Reward for Dying. It helps us face death and indeed helps us deal with the deaths of our loved ones. But heaven has a darker side.

While it is nice to believe that someday we will meet our loved ones who have died, the fact of the matter is that the world doesn’t work like that. [Read more...]

Ten Suggestions – What I Aspire To Be

Alain de Botton’s ten Virtues have raised an important point. See, I think the notion of a rigid virtue system is pointless because it creates a rigid notion of what makes a person “good” and when we know that’s not the case. You may have all these “virtues” but still be bad for the world. Having these so called virtues may not make you a force for good.

Let’s take the Taliban. Do you think that the Taliban don’t smile? They don’t love their kids? They don’t joke with each other? Do you think that they are cowards?

They are human just like us and many have these virtues. Yet it is their actions that decide whether they are virtuous or not (to borrow a phrase). [Read more...]