The New God
Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 06:56
It has been said by some that we are divesting ourselves of God and depriving our children of some very important spiritual growth, enlightenment and information. The seperation of Church and State. Getting religion out of the schools, out of the Courtrooms... etc.
I don't think that's the case at all. We're not removing God from our day to day lives... How does Oprah put it? "We're giving God a makeover!" We just changing God's image.
Chris Rock said it best, "We're takeing religion from our schools, from our gorvernment, and from our courtrooms. But on our money it says, 'In God we trust.'"
That's right we've removed that antiquated image of the angry father-figure and replaced him with a $. In some ways I'm on board with this new idea. When I pray to money, there's either enough of it or there isn't. My answer is immediate and obvious. I only have to go to church when I run out and there are mini-churches everywhere. If the church you are at isn't from your denomination then you pay a small fee for communing with your God from their church. Seems fair to me. You work hard to earn your money and the harder you work the more you get. There isn't any of this self doubt of whether or not you are a "true" believer. Or if you've truely repented your sins. When you doubt the power of money, spend some. If that doesn't convince you nothing will. If you squander your money, you live in poverty. Punishment is immediate and you can't blame anyone but yourself. Money isn't jealous of other money, and as for love... Looking for love in money is a lot like looking for love from God. They both show you about the same amount of interest.
In the spirit of this new faith I've rewritten the old Catholic standard prayer. The "Our Father" prayer for the new God.
Our Father who art in the ATM
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy money come, thy will be done,
On Terra as it is in the net.
Give us this our daily withdrawal,
and forgive us our debts,
as we collect from those who debt against us.
Lead us not into poverty,
but deliver us from credit.
BEWARE THE DARK GOD PLATINUM!
Posted by Frater V:I: at 3:12 AM - 2 Comments
Hey! I've been on to this since I was a teen-ager, and remarkable as it may seem won my school, county and was a finalist for NY State's "Betty Crocker, Homemaker of Tomorrow" competition with what I thought was a satirical essay when asked about competition and capitalism.
My topic sentence then remains my mantra, as it seems to be yours:
"America bows to the green deity, money". Of course money from other countries isn't green. But who cares about other countries anyway.
I enjoy your blog.
by SwifferMom on Saturday February 18, 2006 @ 11:34 AM
Thanks SwifferMom, I appreciate the support. I've been thinking about the that entry for a long while, but never had any place to let it out. Wasn't even really sure that this was a safe place for it. But everyone here seems pretty open. I care about other countries. Although, I feel that Jesus right when he said that we should remove the plank from our own eyes before we point out the splinter in our neighbors eye. Don't want to imply that I'm a bible thumper, I don't have the fortitude to be a good christian, but JC said some pretty intelligent stuff. Been feeling guilty about not updating lately. So, I'm gonna try to get some new stuff posted in the next couple o'days. BTW Although, I only read about as often as I post, I been diggin your blog too.
by Frater V:I: on Saturday February 18, 2006 @ 6:37 PM
I've always been fascinated by the power of Haiku in it's simplicity. In reading about Haiku I found that it is way more complicated than your highschool english lit teacher could ever have conveyed. There are so many rules I was astounded. The paper I was reading stated that there are so many that some of them are in direct coflict with each other. So part of the art is in deciding which rules to follow. I decided to try my hand at it, with a very basic 5-7-5 formula and very few rules. Below is my attempt. Be gentle in your critique I have a fragile ego. Ok that's not really true, bring it on. I want to hear what you really think. Even if you hate it. Special kudos to anyone that can figure out where I found my inspiration for this peom.
to get out.
But the way out
Is the way.
The way in.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:56
Warning! This entry contains a mind virus. If you read this entry you will be exposed to and infected with a mind virus. There is no vaccine, and there is no cure. Knowing this in advance will not inoculate you. The only way to avoid infection from a mind virus is to avoid it altogether. If you don't wish to be infected stop reading now. I really mean it! Seriously, I have to begin the actual entry now so stop reading!
You don't listen very well do you? Welcome to the world of the infected. You may or may not be aware of this notion of the 23 enigma. It shows up in the oddest places. This phenomenon has been talked about in various circles since the 70's. Let's just look at the date February 23. A quick search on the internet will reveal some interesting things including: Feb 23, 1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type. Or how about: Feb 23, 1836 - The siege of Alamo begins in Texas. Here's a great one: Feb 23, 1941 - Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg. One of my favorite authors', Robert Anton Wilson, two oldest daughters were born on Feb 23 and Aug 23 respectively. In the movie Charly, the operating room where the surgery takes place, which makes him into a super-genius, room 23. Check the seat number for the bomber in the film Airport. I personally was 23 years old when this notion first entered my life and now I see the number 23 everywhere I look. That was also the year that Jesus and I decided to take an indefinite break from each other. (But that's another story) Suffice it to say that many things were different in my life that year. When I made a comment about it to a friend of mine that so much stuff was happening to me that year, he just shrugged and said, "It figures." He went on to explain to me about the unusual quality that the number 23 possesses. Now, it's so commonplace that I barely acknowledge it's presence anymore. No one knows what the significance of this number really is, but various groups have made mystical references to it's powers, usually with escapism or exiting a given environment or situation. Take Crowley for example. In Chapter 23 of, The Book of Lies. It talks about breaking out of your current situation, be mental, physical, social or religious. Suggesting that you can't move forward by going back the way you came and that the only way to move forward is to move out. Or that's the abbreviated version of it anyway. Take a read for yourself. You may be surprised at what you take away from it.
The fact that you have read this far means that you will whether you want to or not, start noticing the enigma yourself. The number 23 will show up everywhere. Just don't let it make you crazy like me.
Don't discount the things I say because I'm crazy... The reason I'm crazy is because the things I say are true.
It's Just Capital...Punishment that is
Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:56
The death penalty has been in the news quite a bit recently. It would seem that some people think that it's not the answer to preventing capital crime. I'm inclined to agree with them for the most part. The thirst for righteous revenge on the part of victims surviving family members seems t be the only logical purpose for capital punishment. (It's funny to me how easily one can replace the word justice with revenge and have almost the exact same meaning in the sentence, but that's another blog entry.)
If the establishment truly wants to prevent people from killing each other then they should set the example and stop killing people. Take some of the money that gets spent each year on newer and better ways to kill and maybe conduct some R&D on some methods for truly rehabilitating and reintegrating criminal minds. Would it be so terrible if we really understood how the mind of a killer (or any criminal for that matter) works and corrected the problems so that they could become productive members of society? Wouldn't that be the best way to make up for the loss of life that resulted from his/her sickness? It is amazing to me that there are any serial killers on Death Row. Because I really didn't think a rational healthy mind was capable of committing such crimes. Shouldn't they have all "gotten off" on the insanity plea?
It begs the question what purpose does the death penalty really serve. It can't be considered a deterrent, since the amount of time that goes by from the commition of the crime to the carrying out of the death sentence is just unfathomable. It's quite surreal that the survivors of their victims can carry a grudge for that long in some cases. Let's face it the way our society deals with criminals, and prisoners in general, is broken. I just wish I had some Idea of how we could fix it. Who was it that said, "You can judge a culture by the way it treats its prisoners?"
So what purpose does the death sentence really serve? It can't be considered punishment, because the moment it's carried out, the criminals suffering ends. Isn't that what punishment is? Suffering. So in my mind it's a release from punishment. They no longer have to live with what they've done; they don't have to be confined to that little cell anymore where they are constantly reminded of what brought them there. And in some cases they've repented their sins and have asked for and received "absolution" from Jesus, so it's not like they are going to suffer in Hell. They can't contribute to our understanding of their psychology anymore cuz they're dead, so I ask again, what is the point of the death penalty?
I maintain that the death penalty is a foolish attempt to hang on to an antiquated sense of justice dating to before Christ. That the only purpose it truly serves is to satisfy a twisted sense of righteous revenge on the part of murder victims' surviving family and friends.
Posted by Frater V:I: at 1:45 PM - 3 Comments
Hello, I do agree with you. I think that Capital Punishment is an abomination. Although I do understand the grief of the victims' loved ones - and I CAN understand their anger continuing -, I think that a civilized society should not allow their wrath (however understandable!) to determine the course of the law. Perhaps it is because of my geographical and cultural distance, but I was shocked at how many of the US-based 'Charismatic' Christians within this forum advocate the Death Penalty. I would have thought that they could have been confident in leaving matters of judgement to God. As to Human Justice: in the UK the six men found guilty of the Birmingham bombings in the mid-1970's would have been executed, had we a system of capital punishiment. Their guilt was largely predicated on forensic evidence that incontrovertably 'proved' that they had handled explosives. It was later shown that a positive result would be yielded if they had removed the cellophane wrap from a cigarette packet. I know that smoking kills, but really . Although they had over twenty years of freedom stolen from them, at least the five who were still alive once the truth was determined, are able to enjoy some normality. It needs saying, and you said it Frater VI. Take care
by DeBunkem on Friday January 6, 2006 @ 3:35 PM
Thanks Debunkem for the feedback. I reread the entry a little while ago and I think I may have implied in some way that what victims of capital crime feel is in some way wrong. I though about editing the entry to remove the wording in question in favor of something a little more accurate, but decided that it wouldn't be fair to the people I've slighted. So instead I opted for an appology. I'm sorry for implying that victims of capital crime shouldn't feel slighted or that it is wrong for them to desire justice or in some cases revenge. I can't honestly say that I wouldn't want the same thing in their shoes and don't feel comfortable passing judgement on them in that way. I simply meannt that society has twisted our sense of justice so that it is just a happier way of addressing our desire for revenge.
by Frater V:I: on Saturday January 7, 2006 @ 1:10 AM
I fully agree with you, Frater...great post!
by SarahW on Saturday January 7, 2006 @ 1:13 AM