It was interesting telling one of my cousins, who has been well aware we were raised as JWs, that I had become an atheist. After giving my schpeel on the evils of religion and the nonsense that the bible is, he (who is a Catholic that plays in the church band) acted like it was no big deal. He said: “So youre no longer religious? Well neither am I really, nor anyone in the family, you just do it to do it”. Of course it wasnt a big deal to him, he is the exact prototype of the typical religious individual: religious but not a believer (until someone is in a jam, of course). What surprises me even more though, is that even though most of the hispanic people have never read a bible, gone to church or even know what they believe, they still carry with them pictures of saints. They setup altars, candles, pictures, banners, etc, etc. Why? I cant seem to understand my other cousin who, again, is not really a believer but happens to have a picture of a couple saints in his wallet. Why must you care about the virgin mary? Who gives a fuck enough to paint murals of her on every possible wall? Why do you feel the need to have corny and cheap, Chinese-made, plastic statues glued to the dash of your car? Why are my people so religious and superstitious?
And dont even get me started on the zodiac and horoscopes crowd. I am shockingly, ridiculously, surprised at how many people actually believe in this nonsense. Why is it in the newspapers and daily websites? At what point did we say: I really would like to hear some bullshit today and make important decisions based on it? Have people not learned that we CAN know things? That we can test and research, and make informed decisions on empirical and proven data? Why do people question if a plane is safe enough to get into but not if the information the live their life by is correct?
Lastly, conspiracy theorists. I really dont have much to say about this crowd. It can all be summarized quite effectively into a quick statement: You’re all fucking crazy and irrational beings affected by the disease of gullibility and idiocy, explicitly paired with a sense of self-entitlement and paranoia. You will be ridiculed and laughed at by anyone with half-brain for the rest of you days.
Anyways, just wanted to throw out this quick rant….