To bumpo the previous entry-o, an observation

You know what? I think maybe sometimes people make icons that seem funny to them at the time, but are actually kind of . . . y’know, not so wise to make. I have had to look twice at some of the userpics (icons) that I’ve considered using, because sometimes there’s a view of it that never occurred to me, and that view doesn’t represent me. Like those optical illusion dealies that look like a vase at first, but then you realize it’s really two faces sticking out their tongues at one another. Take a look at those icons again. I should go through mine.

The Happy Tooobin Hello Kitty Flyin’By Hearts Love Rockin’ Beach Cat in my current icon DOES represent me perfectly. Except my butt might be a smidgen bigger.

At any rate. You know what else? I get kinda tired of people who don’t hold with religion feeling that it is super-cool to constantly put down religion and insult God. Do they have any idea what they are REALLY doing? Do I? (You aren’t really following me, and neither am I, but I think it is terribly dangerous to curse God when you say you aren’t sure whether God exists or not. It seems kind of dangerous to say more than just you aren’t sure.) More to the point, when someone constantly goes around talking about how religion is this or that, it starts seeming like an obsession, AND it’s hurtful to those who ARE of a religion. I don’t care whether your religion is Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Baha’i, paganism, neopaganism, Satanism, or whatever . . . it is valid. You are entitled to worship as you wish and you are worthy to hold those beliefs. No one should put you down because of it. If you want to seriously tell me that if enough people believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, then he’ll become real like Tinkerbell, then I will nod and respect your beliefs. Who is to say that there are not fairies? You can only say that you have never SEEN a fairy, which is an entirely different thing.

(For that matter: Who can say that we do not create the world moment by moment simply by looking at it? BTW, I wish some of y’all would close your eyes. *grin*)

Readers of this blog may have noted that I pretty much just don’t put down people who are agnostics or atheists. I think it would be sensible for LJ overall to agree that it does not make you less of a person to believe OR not to believe, and end this sort of Continental Divide With Sniping. I mean, it’s pretty much assumed by some of the people on my friendslist that “everyone who says God cares is an airheaded fool who couldn’t possibly know anything about science, and we should all mock them” is the default position . . . but the fact is that it ISN’T the default position. In fact, I believe I’ve seen studies that indicate that MOST residents of the USA say they worship in some way or observe their spirituality–it’s something like 80% in some studies. I don’t agree that to be an intellectual requires that you not be a Christian/devout hedonist and follower of Bacchus/practicing whatever.

So, anyway. Just thought I would like to say that.

(Probably I’ll wish I hadn’t, but at least now the top blog entry won’t be about poly-ticks.)

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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