Just a little rant, quit nagging me

I have a small irritation about social media, particularly Facebook and some blogs. Whenever I “like” or make a comment on a post, I get inundated with notifications and emails about other people commenting on the same post. That I commented on a post doesn’t imply that I’m interested in anyone else’s commentary on it because I’m probably not. I said what I wanted to say about it and I’m done with it. I don’t really give a rat’s ass whether or not anybody agrees with me. I’m not seeking affirmation, my personal worth and self-image are not dependent upon anyone’s approval. If I’m interested in the discussion I’ll follow it at my leisure.

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Thank you for your concern…

Dear Facebook Friend,

Someday you will see that I posted all of my “annoying” and “religious” Facebook posts because I care about you. Your soul matters to God and to me. I would rather you hate me for telling you the truth, than have me lie to you or keep silent to gain your acceptance.

Someone was kind enough to share the Gospel with me and God has opened my eyes to the truth. It’s now my responsibility to do the same for you. That’s what the love of Jesus is about.

Sincerely,

Your Christian Friend

Dear Christian Friend,

Thank you for caring about me and my soul. I appreciate your concern but it’s really unnecessary as my eternal, unchanging soul and I are just fine. We are not in need of salvation and I feel no need to be forgiven for any “sins” I may or may not have committed. Forgiveness is generally for the benefit of the one doing the forgiving, rather than the one being forgiven.

I do not “hate” you for telling me the truth or, rather, your truth. We all follow different paths and because we walk different paths, it does not mean that either of us is lost. If your truth is right for you then I’m glad for you, but your truth may not be right for others. While our truths may appear to be different, at their core, they are much the same.

Yes, my friend, I have read the Canonical Gospels and a few of the Gnostic Gospels as well. I don’t disagree with the teachings of Jesus but I may view them from a  different perspective. I feel that in whatever spiritual path you follow, the teachings are essential, far more important than the beliefs or the rituals.

If I do find your religious posts “annoying” then I’m at fault and I will try to be more open-minded and less judgmental. You are entitled to you beliefs and ideas just as I am entitled to mine. I will not try to sway you follow my path just as I would expect that you will not attempt to sway me to follow your path. As your path may not be right for me, my path may not be right for you.

You stated that your eyes were opened to the truth. Well, my eyes have been opened too. When mine were opened, I saw a new perspective of Divinity and my spiritual paradigm shifted. I also saw that the Christian path was not necessarily the path I should follow. Regardless of what spiritual path we follow, I’m sure that if we stay true to our paths and be open to what awaits us on our path, we will ultimately arrive at the same destination.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” — The Buddha

Sincerely,

Your Spiritual Brother

Petition Response

PETITION: Say NO to the removal of GOD and the American Flag at public & National Ceremonies!

We as a Nation want our Flag and God put back in our schools, included at National Public Ceremonies. As a Nation we will stand up and join together and fight back to anyone who tries to remove it! If you live in the USA from another country respect our land, our Flag and our God. Please use the freedom of this great Nation and Respect our land, by bowing your head if you do not agree with our ways.

I’ve recently seen the above posted on Facebook. Aside from the spelling, the grammar and the confusing syntax, I have a few other problems with their statement.

  1. Why does the author assume that I worship his god or that he represents my religious and political views?
  2. If you believe in the Christian manifestation of God then don’t you already bring God with you wherever you go? Or does God travel separately?
  3. If you accept the belief that God is everywhere than how can God not be somewhere?
  4. I really don’t care if the word “god” is or is not included in the Pledge of Allegiance, an oath, a prayer, a curse or whatever. It’s just a word which only conveys a deeper meaning if you give it one. I choose not to give it any additional connotation. (As a side note, the words “under God” were not part of the original pledge, they were added later by people with a religious agenda.)
  5. The United states is NOT a Christian nation. It never has been and I hope it never will be. The Constitution guarantees that it will not be, provided the government abides by that document.
  6. The First Amendment guarantees the right of every American to pray in school (or anywhere else they please); a public school can not sanction it, show a preference, tell them to pray, tell them what to pray, or in any other way restrict their right to express their religion. There’s nothing complicated about the First Amendment.
  7. Displaying the flag at events and ceremonies is certainly appropriate in nearly all cases but if the organizers and/or participants choose not to do so, that’s their right and privilege. There is no law mandating that a U.S. flag be displayed at such events. This is supposed to be a free country.
  8. I am generally not offended by sincerely held beliefs although I do have difficulty tolerating willful and premeditated ignorance by those holding those beliefs.

Needless to say, I did not sign the referenced petition. What the petition (as difficult as it is to understand) proposes is not an issue worthy of my concern. There are certainly more pressing problems facing this nation than whether or not the flag is displayed or if references to a deity are included in a pledge or in campaign rhetoric.

Monthly Detritus Report (09-11)

Random chatter from the Monkey Mind as it leaps from limb to limb, howls, scratches its balls and flings feces at passersby…

  • 01 – 1-inch rings in his earlobes. Only seen that on NatGeo before. Kids.
  • 03 – Watched movies featuring mermaids last night. Glad they kept it real and didn’t have them wearing bras (though one wore pasties).
  • 05 – I’ve been good so far. Haven’t partaken of the banana bread & brownies she baked yesterday. So tempting but not good for blood sugar.
  • 08 – “Sacred hair growth” What is it? Where do I grow it? And why?
  • 09 – Too long 4-day week is over. Too short 2-day weekend begins.
  • 10 – Watching Howard the Duck. If I had someplace to go, I certainly wouldn’t be in Cleve Land.
  • 11 – RT @nudiarist: Nude, Renewed: To be nude is to be honest
  • 11 – No religion does not mean atheism but following one’s own spiritual path unbound by dogma.
  • 11 – Happy Grandparents Day!
  • 11 – RT @alyankovic: Spinning around in circles until you pass out is still free and legal. [For how much longer?]
  • 13 – Good visit @ dentist. No problems found & hygienist didn’t yell at me.
  • 17 – Dinner tonight @ Dragon Buffet Urgent Care. Yummy!
  • 20 – Bhakti Vinyasa Project @ Sri Yoga this evening. Good music, good yoga, great bhakti! Thanks Luna, Joshua & Katy!
  • 21 – Facebook has found more ways to be annoying & intrusive. Why wasn’t I consulted?
  • 22 – Watching 1st 6 episodes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. May have to read the 4 books of the trilogy again.
  • 24 – Watching Drawn Together and remembering how wonderfully wrong it was.
  • 25 – I’m not seeing any presidential contenders worthy of my vote so I’m once again endorsing Pat Paulsen for President in 2012
  • 26 – Waiting on the estimate for my beloved truck. Hoping it’s not terminal. Would hate to have to put her down.
  • 30 – Happy Blasphemy Day! Be as impiously irreverent as you wish.
  • 30 – Good thing I work in a hospital. Was viscously attacked by a desk and spent the afternoon in the ER. About 8 stitches inside my lip.

Eve of Destruction

“Ah, you may leave here for four days in space,
But when you return it’s the same ol’ place,
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride an’ disgrace.
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace.
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace.

P.F. Sloan, Eve of Destruction

My friend Steve posted this video on Facebook. It’s the song as originally recorded by Barry McGuire in 1965 but with updated imagery showing that not a whole hell of a lot has changed since then.

It seems appropriate to post this on the eve of the supposed end of the world. Call it whatever you want — The Rapture, Doomsday, the End of Days, Judgment Day, the Apocalypse… Personally, I’m going to call it Saturday. I’m going to do some yoga, mow my lawn, maybe a little landscaping and spend time with my grandchildren.

Harold Camping, the televangelist who’s predicted the end of the world before may be wrong again but even if he’s not, I won’t waste my time worrying about it. I’ll just accept it and move on. And if the world doesn’t end, the time won’t have been wasted and I won’t feel embarrassed.

Eve-of-destruction

Song: Eve Of Destruction
Artist: Barry McGuire
Album: Eve Of Destruction
Released: 1965

This song was originally recorded by The Turtles but they didn’t release as a single until 1970 when it reached #100. McGuire’s version hit #1. As 1960s protest songs go, it’s still as relevant now as it was 46 years ago. There is still more than enough injustice, racism, fear, hate, war, suffering, ignorance, and intolerance to go around.

Twitter Detritus (01-11)

Beginning the second decade of the 21st Century with the usual litany of mental flotsam and jetsam pretty much as it came from the Monkey Mind…

  • 01 – Happy New Year to all my friends and family! Live long and prosper!
  • 02 – RT @yogadork: Unlock a Happy New Year: ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann, Patanjali’s 4 Keys to Peace
  • 04 – Why can’t cable and satellite providers offer ala carte subscriptions? Pay for what you watch or might watch without all the other crap.
  • 04 – Weird day yesterday. The help desk system thought I was on vacation for the next 10 years, couldn’t update or close my tickets.
  • 04 – The Great American Mantras – I get so tired of hearing them.
  • 06 – When I read Mark Twain (or any other author), I want to read his words, not a censored, whitewashed, politically correct translation.
  • 08 – RT @nudiarist: Nudists Next Door Good article
  • 08 – Good article on nude yoga in Winter 2010 N
  • 12 – ‘Tis better to go to the snow than for the snow to come to you. Snow has its place but it’s not in my driveway.
  • 13 – My lunch exploded in the microwave at work today. What a mess! I think a letter to Campbell’s is in order.
  • 19 – Unlocking the answers, letting the questions sort themselves out.
  • 20 – To take offense is a personal choice. One cannot offend without the consent of the offended.
  • 22 – What were once vices are now merely bad habits or fond memories.
  • 26 – RT @Ladygod1va: BBC news .. Happiness is good for you!! Fantastic news, I never knew that!! Have a HAPPY day And Smile 🙂
  • 31 – Good weekend but it’s Monday again. Time to take the bull by the tail and face the situation.

Friends

I have many different kinds of friends. I have friends with whom I’ve shared a common bond of service, friends I’ve known from childhood, friends I’ve worked with, and friends with whom I share common interests. Some of these friendships I’ve maintained for decades, some I’ve recently renewed after many years. Some friends are people I have yet to meet in person. Some are related to me, both close and distant relatives, many of whom I only know through online networking and correspondence.

Many of these friends come together in the virtual world of Facebook. They all share the common link of being in my Friends List, even though many do not share mutual friendships. Within Facebook, I have them segregated into different groups base on my relationship to each.

Sometimes it’s interesting to see the reactions and comments I receive to comments I make on my Wall since my comments, which may be meant for a certain group of friends, are generally seen by all. Sometimes I get comments from people outside of the intended group who don’t necessarily share the common bonds I have with the intended recipients.

There are times when I feel that perhaps I should consider how everyone in my list will view or interpret what I say, that I should edit my words beforehand, censor myself as it were. I gave that some serious thought today and I decided that I would not compromise my integrity. My “friends” will have to accept me as I am. To be anything other than who I am or to attempt to appease everyone is wrong.

People will just have to accept that I am a computer geek with Luddite tendencies who practices yoga and naturism, leans slightly towards Buddhism in his religious ideas, tends to be a bit of a Jeffersonian Constitutionalist in his politics and has a variety of interests, opinions and viewpoints that may not be shared by everyone.

Indeed, some of my friends may vehemently disagree with my religious, political and philosophical views and I certainly respect their right to disagree. I would hope that they respect my right to have my ideas and beliefs. I only believe what I myself have tested and judged to be true but I’m open to other possibilities.

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