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14 January 2005 @ 03:37 pm
Handcuffed to the bed, the aunt thirsted  

I have been inspired; to wit, by this anonymous meme that has everyone talking, and anonymicing. Not to actively participate, though, because I've always been so - so me, in that I expect people to accept me as I am and if you don't like it, bugger off, because you're a loser (and I'll never let you see me cry, anyway).

So, in the name of greater lj openess (which, in a forum that is basically anonymous, is verging on paradoxical and probably pointless, but hey!) I hereby devote this post to expounding a few of my personal opinions. You can agree, disagree, venture your own, or ignore, but mountains moving wouldn't stop me doing something I want to do.

Disclaimer: Hey homies, these are my opinions only.

On religion, I'm an atheist at heart. However, the Catholic church never ever lets you go; even when you're excommunicated (which I would greatly like to be), you're still deemed a Catholic, if a lapsed one. I retaliate by using 'gods' instead of God, as well as the non-denominational chronology of CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) instead of AD and BC. Why? I think the world is too complicated and human knowledge too limited for there to be a god, or if there is one, for us to be capable of understanding it. As for my more particular hatred of the Catholic Church, one look at its preachings was enough for me. In addition, only consider the sexual abuse, the centuries of repression, the waste of perfectly good lives in martyrdom and holy orders, and it being the cause of the AIDs crisis in Africa, where the brainwashed people believed when priests said that condoms are of the devil.

On politics, I'm apathetic. I also think 'politician' is a synonym for 'criminal'. I don't vote, and probably never will.

I'm completely cynical about human nature. I think there is no bottom to which the depths of the squalid, horrid human soul can reach, and I believe that everyone is instrisically evil, and that it only takes circumstance, nothing else, to bring it out.

At the same time, I have deep faith in the greatness of humanity.

Once I discovered the fandom, I was bruised by its clique-yness. I do think it's very easy for people to rage against the BNFs who ignore them or whatever, and I can understand where they're coming from. I can also see the BNFs' POV; and they have a right as much as the rest of us to make their flist out of who they want.

I think ivyblossom is the nicest of the BNFs I've read, and I think most of them have interesting journals. So do a lot of other people.

I ship nearly every ship going, except for the UTTERLY HATEFUL, POINTLESS AND BORING Harry/Hermione; and I don't think I could stand Sirius/Lily, because of everyone they'd have to betray canonically. I also read porn, and while most of it is utter crap, some of it transcends smut and is, quite simply, beautiful, in all its tawdry glory.

I think the fandom's a great place, but I wouldn't want to live there.

For me, infidelity is unforgivable.

I don't have a lot of morals, but I don't think you should ever force someone to do something they don't want to do. If all of society could grasp that idea, there might be a lot less rape, murder, peer pressure, bullying and crimes against humanity.

Or maybe not. I'm easy.

From personal experience, I consider narrow-minded the tarring of a whole nation with one brush. If you can't think of a better insult than 'Go back where you came from!', you should just bloody well shut up. Or buy a book of insults, they sell anything nowadays. In addition, unless you know EVERY SINGLE PERSON inhabiting a particular country or region, and from your interaction with them, and based on sound, real reasons,you hate all of them, you have no basis whatsoever for racism. Similiarly, having one bad experience with someone of a certain nationality is not an excuse for dissing the entire population. That's pathetic. After all, it's not where you're from that counts; it's where you are right now.

It's pretty lame, I'll admit, but when people ask me what nationality I am, I'd like to tell them I'm a citizen of Earth.(They usually expect me to say 'English', although no English person in existance speaks with such a mongrel accent, I'm sure.) I've never felt a strong nationalistic urge about Ireland or Australia, much to the annoyance of certain of my Irish friends. Yes, Aoife, I still think there's no point in dying for a stretch of dirt. Living for your country is imminently more sensible, if harder. What did Bismarck say? 'Poland is not worth the bones of one Pomeranian soldier'? (I don't think it's Poland...) Like Captain Carrot, my greatest daydream for our planet is a world without borders, without nations, and without that bileful, useless, destructive emotion, 'patriotism'.

I think anything is a better alternative to war.

I have eclectic musical tastes. Although most of my albums are either pseudo-pop or indie rock, I am perfectly willing to listen to anything and like anything, regardless of genre.I also discovered today that I am the only person in my class who can listen to Smells Like Teen Spirit seven times in a row and like it. (Yay for tsunami Radiothons!)

I battle daily against the human tendency to put everything into little boxes.

I don't think there's such a thing as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual (contrasexual, trysexual, pansexual...). I just call all these things 'being human'.

I have no idea why men aren't allowed to marry men, or women women. The only question that should be up for debate concerning that is how you pick last names...and not even then. I have no problem with same-sex couples adopting babies, or, if they are women, bringing up their own babies. Considering what some kids go through, all you require is (at least at the base of all the squabbles and nagging and bad blood) parents who love, cherish and support you.

I agree with Terry Pratchett when he says 'I think humans are intelligent enough to be lonely'. That's why we invented myths, and religion, and fairy folk, and schools for wizards, and television.

I think the world is more flawed than a very flawed thing, but I love it still.

And I have to go now because I am so not typing any more of this crap while there's someone on the public computer next to me, particuarly when he is Japanese and would not only be able to read this but translate it into another alphabet. I don't like feeling less skilled than anyone because I have a superiority complex...

 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Nirvana
 
 
 
henbock on January 14th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
I did something yeah!!
Ok lookie what I got, Id make an arrow but I cant. I think Ive grown up a bit because I now agree about the whole living for your country bit but I also understand the whole reason people fight and die for their nations. It isnt the whole land issue but the pride and independence issue, surely you can understand that! ie Palestine, I wouldnt want those fuckers governing me. What you said is mainly yu but youre a bit more caring than you make out and let on arent, arent you oh yes you are!!( as if im talking to a mentally disabled dog!!) Check my journal nfo page I edited it and you might like it!!!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
Re: I did something yeah!!
I think Ive grown up a bit because I now agree about the whole living for your country bit

Thanks be to jesus for that!

And, no, I still don't agree; pride is something that should be conquered, because it's pretty useless, and as for independance - look, if I can do whatever the hell I want, I couldn't care less who's in charge of whatever country I happen to be living in, or what religion they are, or what they do.

Caring? Who, moi?

*gasp* You didn't - UPDATE, did you? Cool icon. I like. Where'd you get it?
henbock on January 14th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
Re: I did something yeah!!
I dont know someone called necr opheilia which makes me hope theyre not very possesive cos I feel a little wary. Ohj god I feel a rant coming are you sure you want to hear this cos it could be very long and nonsensical. I agree with what you said about racism but thats about it.
Re: I did something yeah!! - scoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: I did something yeah!!
Omigod I just read it. You pure unadulterated LANGER. hahahaha

But your icon, it lies.
henbock on January 14th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: I did something yeah!!
Are you suprised at the fact that it lies anywau unlike you I dont have the time or desire to spend ages writing a live journal I do a proper course in college one with a class called swimming!! so ha and where were taught to teach we learn about teaching!! I mean how hard could it be??!!! If Only!
Re: I did something yeah!! - scoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I did something yeah!! - henbock on January 14th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I did something yeah!! - henbock on January 14th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I did something yeah!! - scoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
henbock on January 14th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
Im addicted to getting Icons look what youve done to me aaaaaagh "My name is henbock and im an icon cleptomaniac" Can you picture it!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Dude, everyone's addicted to icons. Just be thankful I kept you away from RPGs.
Caitcoralia13 on January 14th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
This is very interesting. I agree with you on most things (almost everything, I think...), especially gay rights, racism, and the Pratchett quote. And the H/H. Yuck. But what are BNFs?

Before 9/11, I might have had a similar responce to the what's your nationality question. Since then, I find it easy to answer that I'm an American, not because I agree with my country's policies (in fact, I agree with very few of them, beyond the basic Constitutional rights set down by the Founding Fathers), but because of the way I felt on and after September 11. Friends of mine who have felt marginalized their whole lives in America because they're black said that for the first time, they felt like Americans. So I guess that's how I feel about that.

Isn't it nice to look at all that and know what you think about things? I always like to know what I think about things. It makes me feel so certain.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
BNFs are Big Name Fans; eg Maya, Cassie Claire, Rhysenn, Ivy Blossom, Reena etc. In that they have a massive readership and are famous within the fandom; but the quality of their work is constantly in debate, particularly by those who are jealous. It's all about the hype, even here in the fandom...

I'm slightly confused. Fair enough you feel loyalty to your country, I get that, although I've never felt it. But what was it about 9/11 that did that, that nothing else could? I'm not trying to be insenstive, I hasten to add; but shitty things happen all over the world every day, why did this have this effect? As an American, only you can explain this!

I'm surprised I've turned out the way I did, I think. Matter of chance that I'm not a racist homophobic bigot...and I think, actually, the fandom helped there (at least with the mild homophobia!).
(no subject) - coralia13 on January 15th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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hobviously on January 16th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
I have a huge burning hatred for the Catholic Church, but sometimes I try to feel guilty about it since I've never been a member. I fail pretty spectacularly on that one, though. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
I envy you! At least you haven't the shame of belonging to it, on top of everything else. And, on balance, there's an awful lot to hate and little to love...Jesus was probably a good enough guy, if he ever existed, but he'd have done as well to keep his gob shut for all the good it did.
Insufferable, man.: the truthcynicalpirate on January 16th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Check out my coolie icon!
I ship nearly every ship going, except for the UTTERLY HATEFUL, POINTLESS AND BORING Harry/Hermione

I love you with a fiery passion that transcends belief. Hello.

About religion. I used to think I was a closet atheist, because even though I'm supposed to be a Christian I hate the Catholic Church and all of its lies and everything it stands for and its stupid sanctimonious officials... *verydeepbreath* but then I had a bit of a problem, because my family is right up there with Ned Flanders, and saying 'I don't believe in it' would be tatamount to stabbing my brother with a rusty carving knife. Well, nearly as bad.

Also I pray sometimes. So I try not to think about it (meaning God). I'm still working through that. *blush*

Oh, and I agree with you so much about all the rest it's fantastic.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
Re: Check out my coolie icon!
Hey, you are LOOK-in' at the person who seriously considered, for, like, a whole year, becoming a nun. Religious issues are the epitome of 'sticky', and it's not something you even need to ever work out, or to have an opinion on (in fact, the opinion-less probably get on best!). Maybe there is a God, maybe not, but I don't have to see what he/she/it has to do with my life, or why other people should dictate how I live my life.

Whatever you do, antagonising De Familio is not good. People have been disowned for that in Ireland...do your own thing, but quietly!
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on January 18th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I don't understand why cheese tastes like cheese.

Or why so many people have friended me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 18th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
It's milk having an identity crisis, that's why.

You're cool and you are King of One-Liners.

Don't make me say it again.
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