Going to church may not be such a bad idea after all. A friend of mines brother in law just made a multi million dollar business deal through someone he met at church. Somehow I don’t think he is alone in this. Consider the following
>Solid Christian values have been at the heart of the traditional Western family unit for centuries, therefore it is logical that the church will attract the type of people that revel in this fairly conservative outlook on life
>By this I mean churches will inevitably by filled with upper middle class families, many of whom are likely to be professionals and generally people of good moral fibre, evidenced by their ongoing loyalty to giving up their Sunday mornings
>So far we have cut out at least the shitter half of society and if you pick your suburb right, are now given a great opportunity to make fantastic contacts. I am guessing prominent church’s in influential suburbs would be crawling with lawyers, doctors, accountants and various other millionaires. Take a look at the carpark next time you drive past one, it’s like a BMW dealership.
>Moreover, if you are looking for a faithful spouse the right church would easily give RSVP.com a run for it’s money. Here you have a captive audience of people who once again feel the moral obligation to give up their Sunday morning in order to be a good person. This, along with the church’s sense of community as well the traditional middle class upbringing essentially culls a large portion of the population, leaving you with far more potential partners
But I have no idea what to say…..?
The recurring conundrum of my life.
It pretty much an accepted concept that people are in control of their own destiny. Decisions and choices are enforced completely arbitrarily by the individuals own will, it is totally up to them to decide the direction in which they want to take. Such an attitude is likely to incite a certain amount of frustration when undesirable choices are made. A teacher who sees a good student go off track, a concerned who friend disagrees with their buddy’s excessive drinking, a parent who fears their child has chosen the wrong social clique. These are all examples of frustration arising from the belief that such people are not living their life in the best way they possibly could.
I’ve recently contemplated the idea that the expectation that people will make good choices is not only unrealistic, but quite simply impossible. If for example, a person is doing an exam, it is likely they will try to the best of their ability. They won’t purposefully make mistakes, yet many will inevitably do badly despite their best intentions. I am starting to think this logic can be applied in almost any arena of life. Let’s say hypothetically that there is a group of people doing cocaine at schoolies week. A girl who has never before in her life tried drugs chooses to under the pressure of the group have a go, and subsequently overdoses. It is undeniable that this was a bad choice, but isn’t it possible that this girl’s susceptibility to peer pressure, naivety when it comes to narcotics and eagerness to exert her newfound adulthood predetermined the choice before it was even made? She probably thought she had a choice when she was deciding whether or not to do it, but if you look at what factors came into this choice, isn’t it logical that when she weighed up the alternatives her innate characteristics would be the defining factor?
Similar to the test, the girl who overdoses on cocaine has made some detrimental mistakes, but would she have done this intentionally to spite herself? No, she used her personal knowledge and experience and chose what she thought would yield the best outcome for herself. This evidently was not a good result, but not everyone is gonna get 100% on the test.
This has personally helped me rationalise a large amount of the idiocy evident in the world. When a pedophile like Dennis Ferguson reoffends, we aren’t taking into account that his brain capacity is perhaps not capable of teaching himself restraint. If I see a person my age puffing on a cigarette, maybe I’m not considering that they could lack the mental proficiency needed to understand properly the consequences of their actions. In light of this, my standards are decidedly low when it comes to what I expect of the human race. While this may sound despondent, there is a positive. I am rarely disappointed.
- For a week only watch ABC/sky news/national geographic/ discovery channel. Do this regularly and you will be more intelligent
- If you are unhappy with something, rather than accept it complain and resist until you get your own way. Chances are if you return something to a shop and demand to see the manager, you will get your refund despite what it says on the receipt.
- Learn to view other humans as sophisticated animals. This will help you in avoiding disappointment in most life situations.
- Eat a consistently healthy diet and do regular exercise You will live longer and feel better.
- When you talk to people, try conversation starters that aren’t generic such as, lovely day isn’t it? If you do this effectively people will think you are “quirky” and “out there”.
- If you ever have to buy raw ingredients such as flour, sugar, baking soda etc. buy the homebrand option. It is the same thing and will save you money.
- If you are too nice to people, they will come to expected it and your benevolence will be wasted. Show that sometimes you can be a prick and people will view the niceness in a much higher regard.
- Buy things that you can on the internet. You will save money.
- Learn to suck up to people you don’t like. This skill will be particularly useful upon entering the workforce.
- Don’t buy expensive clothes just because of the shop they come from. Dress sensibly and the attention will be taken off your ‘lacoste’ polo shirt and rather be focused on yourself.
While being a very strong advocate for atheism, I am starting to understand the reasoning behind religion. Although for many people the idea of God is completely irrational, irrelevant and unjustifiable, I even have to admit that without religion a very large void would be left in the world.
I would like to start by saying that I personally cannot believe an intelligent, objective and rational person would genuinely believe in God. To do so, is to discount the overwhelming proof of evolution, disregard the morbidity of the religions that currently dominate the world and ignore the obvious fact that God doesn’t look like he’s stepping in to cure AIDS any time soon. The bible, if examined like any other piece of evidence is quite simply a joke. Stories of rape, incest, ethnic cleansing, even the idea that the messiah submitted to his death to save the human race from the original sin of eve eating the wrong fruit is an absolute joke. Muhammad killed thousands, yet he preaches love and peace. These scriptures DO NOT offer any form of relevant guidance for the human race. Some may argue that the bible still does provide a solid moral backbone for society, although I would say that the messages of “do not murder, “love thy neighbour” are fairly common sense and aren’t the great wisdom of the world that preachers would have you believe. There is also the disconcerting dilemna for believers that with no god offering any substantive proof over another, how do you know that Yahweh is the pick of the bunch, over Allah, Zeus and the Rainbow Serpeant? In this sense the only thing keeping religion from being laughed at is how highly regarded this institution truly is and it’s entrenchment in society.
In light of this, I find it increasingly difficult not to be cynical about religion. However, if every single culture on earth has some form of religious belief system, surely there is a psychological reason for it. Religion adds purpose to the futility of day to day life, gives hope for those who are wronged and solace to those who have lost loved ones. It engenders hope that world poverty will be ended, conflict in the middle east will eventually cease and that being a good person will yield dividends when your time on earth comes to an end. As an atheist, this reassurance, however false the pretext it is derived from, is virtually non-existant. You aren’t able to assure yourself that your Grandma is looking down on you, or that justice will be served to those who have wronged you. I think people need religion because it’s vague ambiguity allows it to be adapted to almost any real life scenario, providing sound answers to the ceaseless curiosity of the human condition. This flexibility allows for the vicarious regulation of society, giving genuine deterrent to those who commit wrongs through the threat of eternal damnation, providing a profoundly certain answer as to why you should just do the right thing.
Despite this, I cannot even begin to justify the belief in any form of God, or at least until there is concrete evidence able to substantiate the existence of such a thing. I guess me and others like myself have to live with the knowledge that the world is a cruel harsh place, that saying a 30 second prayer at night won’t fix Global Warming nor solve third world poverty. What we do live with however, is the knowledge that as humans it is our sole responsibility to rectify these issues as opposed to shifting the onus onto some elusive ghost who you read about in a book called the bible.
-> liberate myself from the many self richteous bitches who post constant updates
-> do something constructive other than stare at a computer screen
-> aren’t tempted to abuse someone when they make a status update about how they hate their life so much
-> can’t stalk certain people
-> …so much time what to do?
-> Accidentally fart next to girl I like
-> Was obviously me (pretty embarrassing)
-> Forget about it and go to school next day
-> Christian Living teacher talks about how rude and repulsive farting in public is
my face -___-
That the supposed threat of “terrorism” isn’t nearly as prevalent as the media would have you believe. In the last 10 years, there have been several acts of international terrorism that have killed Australians, (9/11, bali bombings, London bombs etc). All of these were certainly tragedies, however I think as far as an average Australian goes there are far more pertinent problems than being blown up on a bus. If you looked how many Australian’s died each year from incidents relating to terrorism, the number would definitely be under 200 and I’d be extremely surprised if it exceeded 100. Compare this to our road tolls, heart disease, cancer and the actual risk of your life ending as a result of terrorism suddenly seems very minor. The other day I was talking to someone about nuclear power in Australia and they rejected the idea because “the plants would be a target for terrorists as planes could be flown into them”. How many times have planes been flown into major buildings in recent memory? Oh yeah, it was just that once hey. Out of the millions of flights that have occurred, those four and several other attempted hijackings have now according to that person made nuclear power in Australia out of the question. If you think about it from a terrorists perspective, if you REALLY wanted to do some damage it wouldn’t be that hard. All you would need to do is obtain some explosives and the targets are literally limitless. No matter how much the government invests in defence spending, you can’t check everyones bag when they get on a bus. We are still extremely vulnerable to atrocities such as the Port Arthur massacre, yet despite the huge potential for damage to be incurred very infrequently are Western countries the victims of legitimate terrorist attacks. If people really want something to worry about they should focus on the fact that over half the adult population is overweight, or that rates of depression and suicide are at record highs, not the comparatively benign threat of a plane flying into your office building.
I was watching Dick Smith’s documentary the other night about ‘overpopulation’ and how Australia and the world are digging a very deep hole in terms of exponential population growth that the earth’s resources cannot sustain. As an incentive, he is offering a million dollars cash to a person under 30 who comes up with the best original solution to this dilemma. I think I may have the answer.
For the world’s population to stay the same, each couple would need to produce two offspring, basically replacing themselves when they die. To effectively half the world’s population, all that would be needed is for each couple to have only one child. We would drop from 6 billion to 3 billion within a hundred years.
If Dick Smith or anyone else needs further guidance in solving any of the world’s biggest problems, drop me an email.
NB. Considering what happened with the one child policy in China and with many of the world’s cultures still being extremely patriarchal, the likely outcome of this idea would be the world becoming one giant sausage fest.