Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Conversation Between Friends

Joe: You know what I'm not getting?
Bobby: What? Sex?
Joe: Oh, you're funny. No, I was gonna say taller. My doctor said I should be at least 5' 10" by the time I was 18, and here I am at 20 only 5' 9".
Bobby: Well, it's not exact. It's a guess.
Joe: What is?
Bobby: How tall someone will be.
Joe: Oh. Well, she also predicted some other things.
Bobby: Like what?
Joe: Oh, when I'd get married, how many kids I'd have, what I'd eaten that morning...
Bobby: Really?
Joe: Oh, yeah, and the length of my cock.
Bobby: What the fuck?
Joe: It was pretty cool. She also guessed the names of various family members and the year I was born.
Bobby: What the hell kind of doctor is this?
Joe: I dunno, the sign on her lawn said she specialized in, like, predicting things about your life.
Bobby: Like a fortune teller?
Joe: No.
Bobby: Did she use a crystal ball?
Joe: Yeah.
Bobby: Tarot cards?
Joe: Yeah.
Bobby: Did she read your palm?
Joe: Yeah.
Bobby: That would be a fortune teller.
Joe: No it wasn't.
Bobby: Yeah.
Joe: No!
Bobby: Shut up, it was!
Joe: No she wasn't! What's a fortune teller again?
Bobby: She tells your fortune.
Joe: Oh. Maybe it was.
Bobby: You idiot.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Religion: Post I

I'll let you know from the beginning; I am an atheist. I have some fairly strong views on religion, and the subject of it fascinates me.

First of all, I don't quite get the point of it. In older times, it was used to explain phenomenon such as lightning, earthquakes, and provide something to look forward to after a crappy mortal life. Now, we can understand these phenomenon from a scientific standpoint. We can live much better lives these days, with many freedoms.

If you think religion is comforting or provides a backbone to rely on when a tragedy occurs, I think you could look to other sources for this. Family and friends can provide a great support system; hell, post your issues on a self-help forum, such as http://forum.psychlinks.ca/. If you want, post something here, and I'll give you some good person-to-person advice. A one-way communication with an invisible being in the sky just doesn't do it for me.

I am not against any specific religion. Just religion in general. It starts wars (Israel/Palestine), creates stereotypes and other hatreds, and turns people who are perfectly logical and intelligent into those who seem slightly less so.

I was influenced by "Religulous" and www.atheists.org.