Archive for October, 2009

Religion is a LARP

October 31, 2009

With religion, people pretend that all manner of goblins, gods, and demons exist.  The have little magical rituals- like prayers, “church”, being “born again”, exorcisms, “communion”, and whatnot.  They have a special vocabulary to describe these magical things, and the rituals themselves.  This is designed to hide the reality of the acts and help them seem more mystical. 

The believers sometimes have special clothing to wear, and props and talismans to carry and use for some of the magical rituals.

The “faithful” get very testy when you fail to treat their belief in imaginary friends with reverence.  Even when unequivocally defending their undeniable right to believe any nonsense they wish to believe!

I have seen other people who do the exact same sorts of things, yet somehow manage to keep enjoying themselves without getting so serious as to murder people over it.  These are the people involved in “live action role playing” or “LARP”.

Religion is the longest-running LARP game ever created.  It makes much less sense and is based just as much on fantasy, yet people actually KILL and DIE over it.  It’s time to stop treating it so seriously and see it for what it really is.

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Nostradamus has nothing on ME!

October 8, 2009

Could it be possible that Nostradamus and other “prophets” of the past could really “see” the future, and for some reason have focused on our current times, just for our benefit, instead of hundreds or thousands of years from now?  Or is it more likely that history keeps repeating because people keep making the same stupid mistakes every few generations? 

That would mean you could make a “prediction” based on the stupid government actions you see acted out today, make the “prediction” nicely obscure and make up nonsense names to be untangled later, and you’d seem like some kind of psychic genius hundreds of years later.

I think I’ll try it, even though this blog post will not survive the centuries-

“The Man who may be of the volcano stands over the golden horses, waves his hand over the lands of Earth.  And the children sing and starve.”

Or, how about a completely nonsensical one:

“From the darkness of the egg, in the year of the Seven Songs, will come one clothed in foaming cloth, to pass the scepter to the dead of a thousand mirrors.” 

Just watch, if anyone could read this in 500 years, it would “fit” something.