This has been building up for a few weeks now and it seems as good a time as any to let it out. Time to let go and just vent as it were.
I have recently become very disappointed, discouraged, whatever one might say upon finding out that a long trusted group/web site has all been something of a total lie.
Holy crap, you may be thinking, what got to this old sarcastic critter? Well, I have been a daily visitor, reader, and frequent commenter at a couple of web sites that seemed to be more or less in line with my own basic philosophy, anti-religious and very humanistic. What I finally realized maybe should not have been the shock it has been, but then, we all tend to over look, be blind, to some people, ideas, etc. that we allow to just slide past as aberrations. A comment, that seems out of place, but when viewed within the whole, just an odd one and not the “norm”. We tend to allow these “odd ball” moments to just slide by and say to ourselves, maybe this person was just having a “bad day” or some other reason to not make much of it. Well, I no doubt did that more than once for some former favorite sites, but recent comments, and no, not just an odd one or two, but the bulk of ALL comments, finally did it for me.
OK, here we go then. How can any human claim to be a humanist and yet deny the people of Gaza the absolute RIGHT to rebel against their oppressors? How can you be critical of certain practices of Judaism but never allow any critical comments regarding the zionist entity and its very nasty apartheid regime? How can you claim to be a humanist and do that, but at the same time, be very critical of EVERY aspect of Islam? In my opinion, yours may vary, that IS the true definition of a hypocrite.
Those who have been reading this blog and those who remember/read the old blog know, without any doubt, that there are a few things I have zero tolerance for. For those who are new to this site and those who have no idea of the old blog, what I have zero tolerance for are, racism, stupidity (stupid), and hypocrisy (hypocrites). I personally have no use at all for any religion, however, I respect the rights of ALL people to believe in or follow the religion of their choice. All I ask of ANY religious person is to not ever try and convert me to their religion. Live and let live. I do my best every day to treat ALL people I meet the way I want to be treated. I do not think I am asking too much to request the same of others. As I just said, live and let live. My unbelief is in no way doing harm to anybody at all. I think that religion/belief is a very personal thing and needs to stay so. I have little to no respect for any who wear their religion on their sleeve. You believe in a certain religion? Fine, good for you, now, leave me be, thank you.
I do not, nor would I ever want to, “convert” anybody to my own personal philosophy/belief system. Assuming what I claim to have even amounts to a philosophy or belief system. I am very comfortable in my own beliefs, so please, let me live MY life my way.
It just was, and still is, a huge let down to realize that a group that I had felt comfortable with for quite some time are not at all what they claim to be. While I did feel somewhat betrayed, I now know it was my own fault, there were signs, but, I ignored them of worse, let them slide by with some “excuse”. Well, as I said above, we all do this to some extent no doubt. After all, it IS true that people DO have “off days” now and then. I know for certain that when I am having a bad day, you do not want to try and engage me in any serious discussion. Not a good idea at all. When my pain is at 13 on a scale of 1 to 10, do NOT ask me a serious question that requires deep thought. You will likely come away with serious wounds. I am not a nice critter on those days. At least, now with the tens unit and the pain meds, those type days have become very, very few and quite far between.
I suppose I could try and be extra nice to those sites and the people there and allow that they, like the US congress are frightened of being critical of the zionist entity as they do not want to be called “anti-Semites”. Well, I suppose I “could” do that, but, I will NOT. I will not, not just because I am a nasty ass old critter (which I sometimes am), but because that term has been highjacked by the zionists and twisted beyond its real meaning.
The city library in Ontario, California, where I lived from April 1975 until May 2000 had a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language. It was on a table and was available for use by all library patrons. I looked up Semites in it one day. Semitic peoples include the Hebrews, of course, BUT Arabs are also Semites. So, a true “anti-Semite” would NOT just hate Jews, but Arabs as well. To call an Arab an “anti-Semite” is beyond a sick joke then. Yes, I know, the English language is a “living” language (as opposed to Latin which is a dead language) and it is constantly changing. Yes, that IS a given and I am A-OK with that fact. However, this highjacking of the term “anti-Semite” is part of what I have been calling the bastardization of our language for many years now.
I have sent emails to many people about this and many of them are way smarter, school/book wise than I’ll ever be. The vast majority have agreed with me, but then go on to state that it is too late now to change this. Sad, but true, it has become the “norm” and as it IS stock and trade for the “news” media in the US and beyond, there is no way it will change in my lifetime, if it ever does change much at all in some future.
Another comment I want to share was also from an anti-religion/pro-humanist web site. The site administrator ran a story on some protestant minister, who as he was about to be arrested by the police for molesting children, killed himself in his front yard (the cops had not yet put him in handcuffs) while his wife and children watched. This administrator was happy about this and stated that more pedophiles should do the same thing. Amazing. Unbelievable crap of the highest order, or so I think. I have no idea of what a proper punishment is for pedophiles and am very glad it is not up to me to make that decision. and yet, how can any sane, decent human being wish for a fellow human being, regardless of the crime he/she may have been guilty of, to kill him/her self in front of their own children? I asked him in my comment if HE would like to be one of those children who saw his dad kill himself while he watched? Does he not realize those children will carry that image for the rest of their lives? And this man claims to be a humanist? How in hell can he claim to be a person of peace and pro humanity if this is how he reacts to a suicide while the man’s children watch him kill himself? I will never darken that web site or anything to do with it ever again. As I said many times before, I despise hypocrisy.
As to my disgust with certain web sites, I should have remembered a line from a Bob Dylan song; “Don’t follow leaders and watch the parking meters”. Yeah, be very careful who/what you do follow. Oh, and do not follow me, I have NO idea where the hell I am going. If you do follow me, you do so at your own risk. You can, if you dare rick it, follow this blog though. Your life, your choice.
until next time, please, just be nice to each other. It WILL make the world a better place for all of us.