And so Easter falls upon us. Today is the one day I get paid for not going to work. Whoo!
I completely wasted it of course, converting 24 and burning it to DVD, then watched it. Could have got some coursework done, but didn't. I feel a bit bad now, and I'm starting to get butterflies as the return day (Thursday) to school looms. Eek!
Mum commented today on how many cars she saw outside the church. We started discussing religion. I kind of thought it was stupid how these people go to church in their droves and the rest of the year they don't do it at all. Why are people so compelled to go at Easter? If you're going to believe in God, do it properly. We also laughed at the prospect of ME getting up on a Sunday morning to go to church. Then I thought to myself how they could make it a bit more entertaining. Half of the reason people have gone off religion is that it's BORING.
I bet God himself is whinging. I can see it now, "I give you unlimited creativity, and you worship me like THIS? Fucking hymns?! I don't even like them."
In fact, come to think of it, that's probably why we never hear from Him. He can't say anything bad, what with being perfect and nice and everything, so he can't say anything to us at all. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
Also I read about Joan of Arc today (what with it being the featured article on Wikipedia), and it started to annoy me how people so blindly have faith in a religion they can't prove. I mean don't get me wrong, I think faith is a good thing. But I also think if we're expected to have faith in something, that very "something" should be proven or tested. That's common sense. Yet they say "God cannot be tested". And they surround everything Biblical with illogical explanations to counter logical argument. Absolute trite. God can't be tested? Yeah, right. In other words, "God" doesn't respond to anything we do, and then you leap on any coincidental good thing that happens as a wonderful act of God.
Funnily enough, during this entire discussion, there was something on the TV. It was a drama. The scene portrayed a funeral. It was a woman questioning why "He" felt the need to take this guy away, but thank you for sharing him with us. What bullshit. I mean it's madness. Look at it objectively. Completely INSANE.
When I think of little James Bulger, 9/11, the Iraq war, Katrina, the Boxing Day Tsunami... well sorry, I don't think it's God punishing us, nor do I think it's God acting in a "mysterious way". I think it's some nutter kids who should have been locked up for life, some nutty terrorists who, ironically, use religion as a defense for their actions, some nutty terrorists with more advanced weapons and more money, a natural occurence most likely caused by global warming, and a shift of the tectonic plates which make up a fundamental part of this planet (respectively).
I attribute no more divinity to Katrina than I do with a baby surviving a triple heart bypass, or a cancer mysteriously curing itself.
It's not a miracle. It's a fucking coincidence. There's just under 7 billion people on this planet, is it any wonder strange things happen to some people? Do you see cancer curing itself out of nowhere all over the place? Do you see one fish feeding the population of Kenya? No.
And then the rest of us sane people have to suffer at the hands of you barmy religious wankers. And what does it all achieve anyway? What does worshiping God actually GIVE us? Do we get some prize or thanks? At most you get a place in Heaven (which, again, nobody can prove actually exists) once you finally die.
On the other hand, I did have a number of nice easter eggs. Yay! :)
P.S. I do of course realise that fundamentalists are not representative of the wider community, and that is not what this rant is about, so don't bang on about it.