Life's too short to get involved with things that aren't real.

I was bought up with religion and had to attend Sunday school and church which is the most boring thing any one can do. I guess I am a realist and fiction is not my thing. I just take life as it comes, death is inevitable and the natural conclusion. Nothing is immortal all though  primitive minds still think there is a way . 

 

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Comment by Sentient Biped on February 23, 2014 at 2:02pm

It's hard to know what to say at funerals. I wouldn't want to do something disrespectful or divisive. Most of my family is already dead, not a lot of funerals anticipated at this point. When my parents died, when a prayer was said, I looked around to see who was looking around. Instead of closing my eyes, or bowing my head to a nonexistent god. Turned out I was not the only one.

Comment by Mike Liggett on February 23, 2014 at 1:35pm

I enjoy the odd science fiction book or film too but I know it's fiction and don't want to become a part of it.  I went to the funeral of a friend who stated he didn't want a religious send off. All went well with friends and family telling us the things he got up to and showed pics of the good times  they knew he didn't believe in god but right at the end the guy officiating couldn't help himself and asked everyone to stand for the lords prayer! I was bloody annoyed. No respect.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 21, 2014 at 4:14pm

I just read Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, set in another near-future dystopia after the unspecified "Something That Happened", where the stratified socialist society is designed to try to perpetuate a peaceful "Stasis" at all costs. People have limited or no color perception, and one's social status is completely determined by how much color one can see. Technology and books are destroyed in periodic "Leapbacks", and libraries stand almost empty. Significantly, the social order is a sort of secular religion, with the Word of Munsell read reverently at assemblies, and the many thousands of rules never to be questioned.

Comment by Luara on February 21, 2014 at 12:07pm

Orwell's 1984 for example.

Yes, there are unforgettable things in that book. The Two Minute Hates, the trimming of language to trim people's thoughts, the extensive, detailed surveillance.
And Huxley's Brave New World, which is a chillingly realistic prediction that has partially come true. 

I don't read fiction or poetry myself, these days, but it's because of being dragged down and bedraggled by concrete difficulties in my life.  Being enriched by fiction and poetry (not just entertained) is a good thing. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 21, 2014 at 8:40am
Anything to shut him up. So rude and obnoxious.
Comment by Future on February 21, 2014 at 8:31am
It's a shame I didn't have some Hitchens, Dawkins or Harris reading material to flagrantly open in his direction. Might have shut him up and sent him into prayer mode, being that we were sharing the same plane. :)
Comment by Sentient Biped on February 21, 2014 at 8:23am
My response to the guy on the plan. Sine I was not there and I never think of the right thing to say until the next day.

Sir, shut the fuck up. I have some Abortions to do and I need some rest first.
Comment by Future on February 21, 2014 at 8:09am
I was on a plane a couple days ago, and had to endure listening to some guy across the isle droning on and on to somebody about the enormous amount of time he was spending on some Christian outreach blah blah bullshit. My eyes rolled back into my head so many times that I think I strained my eye muscles. Just imagine how much of this guy's life was voluntarily wasted.
Comment by John Aultman on February 21, 2014 at 7:53am

Welcome Mike.

Comment by Michael Penn on February 21, 2014 at 7:49am

I agree, Mike. Then some want to claim that people lived so much longer in early Buybull days. 900 years they say for some. I got news. Bodies wear out before you hit 100.

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