On one of my morning drives I get to see a very curious pair of individuals.  They are two older blind gentlemen who help each other across the road and wait at the bus stop together.  You easily get the sense that they have been friends a long time as they patiently wait, canes in hand, for the bus.  Oh, by the way, did I tell you that one was Colored and the other White.  Every time I see these two characters I think of creating a cartoon about them.  It would go like this:

Picture two blind men waiting for a bus, one black and one white.  Another white man slides up to the blind white man and says “You do know you are standing next to a Nigger.”  The blind black man goes “Huh, what do you know, I’m black.”  The blind white man responds by saying “Well how do you think I feel?  Apparently I’m white.”

Let us set the Pace

God is a murderer.

Christ is a suicide.

While you take a second to close your mouth from shock, anger, or any other reaction, I would like to say that I am writing this not as an indictment of God or Christ, but as a reaction to how some religions treat people.  First off, I do not intend to deal with the prior statement, just the latter.  Being human, I struggle with Christ’s turn the other cheek mandate when it comes to murderers; however, I have written a story called “Cast the First Stone” based on the implications I see of such morals.  As a point of logic though, God set everything up for Christ to be crucified, which makes him a murderer.  Second, as stated, I do not intend blasphemy with respect to the Christian faith.  I am only trying to point out what I see as failed teachings in some Christian religions.  Finally, I wish to encourage a greater good by hopefully challenging religious leaders to think better toward the families of suicides.

 I stated the above thoughts very starkly, shall I say “Black and White”, since I have noticed that many of the more fractious Christian religions tend to very narrow or strict interpretations of God and Christ.  They say things like “If you are not XXX, you are going to Hell” or “A divorced person cannot be a part of our religion”.  Such sayings to me seem to be counter to the greater teachings of Christ, which are about love and forgiveness.  One of the sayings I have heard often is that people who commit suicide are sent to hell.  Yes, if you use a very narrow interpretation of the Bible, a suicide commits murder against themselves, which is against God’s “Thou shalt not kill”; don’t get me started about all that.  However, an equally valid narrow assertion then is that Christ is a suicide.  He was clearly capable of keeping himself from being crucified but chose not to.  I do understand the reasons and am grateful, but in a strictly limited view of the world, he is a suicide.

 While I am not intimately acquainted with anyone who knows a suicide, I have been aware of the religious aspects for some time and have seen movies that use the religious doctrines pertaining to suicides.  Two such movies are “Constantine” and “Kingdom of Heaven”.  In “Kingdom of Heaven”, a priest taunts Orlando Bloom’s character with the fact that his wife, who committed suicide, was buried without her head because of religious law.  I believe this was actually standard practice during the time period of the movie.  I thought “how horrible a thing that was to say to someone grieving the loss of a loved one”.  Understanding the way the world works, I began to view such attitudes as wrong.

If God so loved the world that he gave his only son, which was in atonement for the sins of man past, present, and future, how could he not forgive someone who folded under the evils that this world contains?  If God could forgive his son for allowing himself to be crucified for our sins, then could he not forgive us for failing?  Instead of condemning suicides and their families for their failures, we should be showing the same mercy Christ showed us by praying for the departed and comforting those left behind.  Too many of the loudest religions spend more time denouncing everyone for not living up to their envisioned perfection of God instead of lifting them up when they fall.  Compassion and Empathy are the most important qualities of a religion.

Here is one men don’t talk about.

I am currently reading “The End of Sparta” by Victor Davis Hanson and I am at a point where I am dealing with graphic scenes.  One of the lead female characters is captured by a ruthless Spartan former slave who has no compunction about capturing, raping, and killing women.  As a human being I am disgusted by such callous treatment of anyone, but especially women.  Unfortunately, I also have to face my own inner demon of lust as I read these scenes.  I find myself turned on by the nudity and sexual descriptions.  Thus, on one hand I am disgusted, while on the other hand, my libido is highly active.  Until recently, I thought it was just me; however, after learning some things, this is actually a problem every man must face daily.  Modern media is full of such content and is a source of pressure for men.

Most can manage the pressure with little damage, while others give in and act on their desires.  I am not saying that women do not have their share of issues with sex but they are different.  What I am trying to say is that man’s libido is a constant source of stress for all men, good and bad alike.  I do not go a day without carrying some guilt for a lustful thought.  This pressure, coupled with the constant interactions of modern society and media, puts a lot of stress on a man even if they don’t or can’t admit it.  Women, by not understanding this simple fact increase the problem.  No matter how hard a man tries to not think about it, sex is on their mind.  By not being open with this fact, society makes the problem worse.  Our close-mouthed way of handling the unstoppable urges that plague man, in my opinion, is the source of many ills in the world.  I posted this entry in an effort to get people to think about the issue.

There goes the neighborhood!

Hello wordpress.  I have finally decided to move my blog from sffworld to here and am looking forward to playing with the improved options given the lack of them before.  I hope to eventually add a link to my old blog, which I have pulled into a word document that is about 113 pages long.  I will warn you now that I talk a lot about how I feel things are going in the world from an American standpoint, only one I have of course.  However, many of my posts will surprise people I hope.  I also talk about my love, which is Science Fiction and Fantasy.  So expect the unexpected and buckle your seatbelts.  It is going to be a bumpy ride.  P.S.  Please be gentle on my spelling issues