Archive for February, 2010

On the Devil…

Posted in Religion, Spirituality & Ethics with tags , , , , on February 27, 2010 by gypsygies

Here is the funny thing that has occurred to me recently about Western Religion:

I have very frequently heard the phrase “Who are YOU to question the Word of GOD??” come out of the mouths of the fundamentalists. They say this phrase most often to keep in line folk who want to argue about hateful passages in the Holy Bible that they wish to enforce upon the populace. `I-don’t-say-this-GOD-says-this and who-are-You-to-argue-with-GOD??’.

But here is the thing: the very invention of the Devil argues with God. It is to say “we do not *like* these things that are happening here and so we must contribute them to something evil”. To do so is to say you understand the Master Plan of God – to put yourself on the same Omnipotent, Omniscient level as the Almighty. To *presume* that you know one thing from another as being in God’s plan argues against God itself. If God is infinitely greater, smarter, than ourselves than only GOD itself makes and molds the Plan. We have no right to attribute certain things to something *outside* of God, as if we were God enough to know the difference. To invent and claim some things are “the Devil’s work” and “demons” and “witches” (etc etc) is to say that this negative event that has occurred, we do not agree with. We do not like. Therefore, argues with the event and presumes to know what God’s intent is, that the event could not have been in God’s plan. But any event that says exactly what we want it to say at the time? Oh, obviously that is in God’s grace. (haha).

The Devil is a child of Man – of Man’s disagreement, argument with, the Divine.

I myself make no judgment or argument either way to this – what I mean to say is I argue with God every day (haha) and figure God doesn’t mind. To be a stupid child would be far more shameful. I say *more* emphasis needs to be put on identifying Positives and Negatives in the Bible and weeding out the Negatives – all those proclaimed by God as “good” and all those not. Negatives are negatives. Leave them behind. Attribute no deity to them, for they are not Godly. They exist in the flawed nature of Man.

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Strangely, one of my favorite quotes since childhood is by Samuel Butler:

“An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. ”

I think what this quote has always meant to me is `”remember to listen to thine enemy, to understand them.’ or something like that :’)

The letter I sent to the Austin Mayor today…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 26, 2010 by gypsygies

PLEASE turn around the Austin Police Dept and make sure they send a very strong message of Absolute ZERO Tolerance for hate crimes. I don’t care what their *personal* definition of a hate crime is, or what their *personal* opinion of gays is – their *Professional* opinion is that these are Citizens who deserve not to be afraid when walking down the street. Recent attack is a perfect opportunity to send a very clear, strong message that such violence will NOT be tolerated. Yes, increase patrols to send this message. Don’t let their current non-concerned stance stand. That basically treats it likes it was a couple of good ol’boys just having fun beating up on some gay kids. We do NOT want a Matthew Sheppard case here. Stop it quickly with a sharp, sharp message.

re: two gay men were attacked by up to 4 male predators after exiting Oil Can Henry’s.

Money and Happiness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 23, 2010 by gypsygies

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/10/money-cant-buy-happiness-so-man-gives-away-every-penny-of-his-3-million-fortune/

I read this about a week ago and it’s bugged me ever since. I mean – what an idiot. What specifically bothers me about it? It baffles me that human beings can lack the BASIC INTELLIGENCE to figure out *how to use* the money as a *resource* for happiness – instead of expecting the money itself to fill the void. Money will not make you happy. *SHOCK*. However, what this idiot and so very many others has utterly failed to do – is to use the money as a resource to gain more happiness. It’s a resource that opens doors, that’s all. You can help charities, or set up your own – that tends to grant many people a great sense of happiness. You can travel and see a world you have otherwise only heard fables about. You can educate yourself first-hand about the world, cultures, history, whatever fancies you really – money opens that door. You USE it, not horde it and expect to somehow be happier. It’s all in how you put it to work toward that goal.

Balance that thought against the great UNHAPPINESS caused in the everyday by the basic inability to pay a rent, fix or repair a broken vehicle (thus your very basic freedom to get around nixed), get the basic healthcare you require to go on living, no permanent home you could ever buy, standing at the grocery cashier never *sure* that the money you need to give for food will ever reliably be there. Can’t go home to see your family. All the basic horrors I face every day. I haven’t seen my own mother in 9 years. Or my sisters. All far away and I never have the money, or the reliable transportation. So people bitching about money failing to make them happy tends to irritate those of us in great need – because it honestly shouldn’t be THAT hard to figure out how to use it to enhance your happiness, not expect it to grant it outright.

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Karl Rabeder grew up poor and thought that life would be wonderful if he had money. But when he got rich, Karl discovered that he was unhappy … so he decided to give away every penny of his £3 million fortune:

“My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come.”

Instead, he will move out of his luxury Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in Innsbruck.

His entire proceeds are going to charities he set up in Central and Latin America, but he will not even take a salary from these.

“For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness,” he said. “I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years,” said Mr Rabeder.

But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.

“More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’,” he said. “I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing.”