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Good without God

Monday, November 16th, 2009

How can I be good without God? It really tries my patience sometimes…

I was just out at lunch with some coworkers and the conversation steered over toward religion after meandering through politics. And then it happened… “The world would be in a very different place if not for the morals of religion”

I couldn’t help myself. “Yeah… the dark ages were awesome!” And then it proceeded into explaining that that wasn’t religion, but what Christianity has now is real religion and proper morals. But not the parts of the Bible where you don’t like what it says. And so on. It’s just baffling to me. I don’t think I could live with the cognitive dissonance that comes with saying “I believe in the Bible” and ignoring massive parts of it at the exact same time.

On top of that, thinking that the Bible is the only source of morality. As a friend I was discussing this with said, “I don’t live under the assumption that a quick mental prayer can wipe away my deeds.” I am responsible to myself and others. I cannot just absolve myself of any bad choices by thinking to myself, or even going to a priest to confess my “sins”. I live with them, I try to fix them, and I try to do better in the future. Where is the motivation for that when you believe in an infinitely forgiving God?

Anti-vaccination idiocy cosequences

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Parents in America are stupid. Listening to idiots like Jenny McCarthy instead of their doctors and scientists. Well guess what? It’s coming back to bite their kids on the ass. It’s really sad that the kids have to suffer for the idiocy of their parents.

Gun control works, I promise!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I just came across this little gem of violence out of Germany, where it seems some sociopath decided to try to kill a bunch of his classmates. Doesn’t look like Germany’s strict gun control laws did much to prevent this violence. Guns don’t create violent people… they will always find a way to hurt someone else if they want to, even mass numbers of people. Gun laws are counterproductive… they only affect the people who would follow the law, and deprive them of the ability to protect themselves when someone does lose it. We can’t legislate people sane.

New Cubicle Art

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I just made a new image to hang in my cubeGet your answers here!


Friday, June 26th, 2009

Not a whole lot to say directly about Michael Jackson. The news is all over the ‘net, and the jokes are already starting. On one hand it’s a little sad, but it’s also indicative of how our culture has changed, even in just a few years. Stars are starting to have less and less appeal to the common person simply for being famous.

I think that this is a side effect of our connected society, because of the Internet. Michael Jackson has been a recluse and a joke for the last 15 or so years and as such doesn’t have many strong fans. That, coupled with the child abuse allegations leave many people not terribly sorry about his passing, and making jokes about melting him down because he’s mostly plastic to give kids a chance to play with him, instead of the other way around.

He was a great artist who had a profound effect on pop culture that will last for a long time to come. It’s sad to see him treated this way, but it’s also a lesson to other people in the public eye… you have to be accessible to your audience and engage them. People no longer will love you simply because you’re famous, you have to give them a good reason to be a fan. Unless of course you want people to make jokes about you days after your death.

Drug Wars

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

We created it. The “War on Drugs” is a creation of the USA, our hardline stance against any kinds of narcotics creates the violent black market which is tearing apart Juarez, Mexico, as well as Columbia and many other South American countries.

We made this man through our drug policies. Mexico’s most wanted man is a billionaire due to our policies.

Drugs are a social problem, not a legal one. If we treated drugs as a health issue and simply controlled their distribution, the country would have millions more in tax money to work with as well as much lower incidence of violence. Very few people get killed over cigarettes or alcohol any more. There is absolutely no reason the same thing can’t be true for “harder” drugs.

We kill our livers with painkillers like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin, and we keep effective opiates out of use because of how supposedly bad they are. People abuse opiates the same way they abuse alcohol… some do it too much, but for most, it’s simply a nice escape, and a simple painkiller. Hospitals don’t have to detox everyone that they put on morphine. There’s a reason for that.

America needs to rethink our drug policy. We’re perpetuating violence, and the War on Drugs has directly and indirectly killed more innocents than terrorists have.

Edit: I just found an article via about how the FBI director’s head is still in the sand.