Hello everyone! Long time no see, no? I needed to do a bloggy because this is going to be the preview of my yearly Halloween picture amongst other things. I have a nice set of things planned and I'm sure that it will not disappoint. Last year I was an illegal alien. Don't believe me? Take a look!
Recently I've been in a dreadful mood. I've had to rewrite the same paper for a course three times. (Still working on it by the way.) I had 3 midterms in the same week along side homework of dooooooooooooom. Then today, I was involved in something extremely horrifying. Before I even mention it, I would like to add a disclaimer.
THIS IS A REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE AND THIS IS HOW IT TRANSPIRED! I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST RELIGIOUS VIEWS UNTIL THEY ARE FORCED UPON ME WITH A COMPLETE DISREGARD TO MY INTELLECTUAL WELL BEING!
So, today, I was going to French nothing new was happening. Cold day, really bad. I wore a sweater and heavy jeans. Suddenly, I run into a guy with giant sign that said, "JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS!" He starts yelling at my face "Jesus died for your clothes, died for your body, died for your soul, died for your family, died for your possessions, and died for your friends! You don't need to go to cl@$$ you don't need to talk to any professor, you don't need anything else! The only answer is JESUS!"
So I blink a few times. Stunned and confused by this. I start laughing because I think of Jesus dying for my boxer shorts. He did say that he died for my clothes right? So with my knowledge of the text and many other religious texts, I decided to ask him a question. "So, other pagan gods such as Mithra and Dionysis have lived and died in a similar way than Jesus before he even arrived. Explain that one for me."
"He's the son of god, that's all you should know, there's no way that these men did these things before him!"And my response: "look them up, there's a thing called knowledge, and if you weren't afraid to leave your bubble, you might actually learn something." I try to walk away but he pulls me back. "You don't understand, I know the truth and you need to be re-educated" "I grew up in a church, I've heard all this growing up! I study this stuff and I come to my own conclusions and it is not the same as yours!"
"I have free speech on my side to tell you what I believe is right!" "We all deserve that privilege and I have no problem with you saying what you believe is right." "Well.. Good, because I am right!" "What I do have a problem is that you are forcing your beliefs onto me! That's considered verbal abuse, so if you know what's good for you, then you'll leave me alone!" "I am right, that's all there is to it!" "It doesn't matter if you are right! What matters is that you should respect others and their opinions and if you don't agree with that, go back to fantasy land and never come back!" So I finally walk away, he yells to me as I go. "You are going to Heck! (the other word with two L's but I won't say it because I don't know if I can.)" I shout back, "Ignorance is Bliss!"
This scares me more than anything. The fact that people are so willfully ignorant to the world around them that they have to literally force their way. That's history in a nutshell. Encountering it today left a bad taste in my mouth. As I said, I've done research and studied religion of all kinds. I respect those who believe in whatever it is they do. As long as you don't challenge me. Because I will get hasty and I turn into a chainsaw. Thank goodness Halloween and scaryness is supposed to be here. It's going to be a great ride, I know it. Enjoy your day and I'll see you soon! ;)