In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Chalk up another one

Heh, I just got my first post-debate de-friending out of the new batch of people. Frankly, I would have thought it would have come sooner but it's not like I've been commenting as much as I used to. It takes a good back and forth to really send someone off in a snit. I just can't help punching rhetorical holes in certain people's idiocy. It ecspecially gets my goat when the opinion expressed is some PC, regurgitated crap. In this particular case, the comment that started the whole thing was that "Oppression, or actions similar, does not equal faith". If you think about it, the entire phrase is idiocy. It all depends on what your faith demands, right? If a tenent of your faith is that you should go out and oppress someone, and you go oppress someone because of it, then it's all about faith.

I should have suspected it was some sort of touchy-feely, hippiecrap right off the bat. You know, the sort of message which sounds all nice but generally means absolutely diddily squat. I guess it's not surprising in this day and age. Plenty of people would like to believe that what you feel or what you think is more important than what you do. What the hell does it matter what you believe if you don't put whatever it is into action when it comes to faith? It's just as well I don't subscribe to any religion. I seriously doubt I'd be much for follow through.

The whole thing reminds me a lot of when I was reading The Year of Living Biblically. There was this great little question asked by a Rabbi and related in the book. There are two men, one schedules 15 minutes each day to pray to God and does so without fail. He takes his time and the prayer makes him feel closer to God and buoys his spirit for the rest of the day. The second man is having an incredibly busy day at work where he's barely keeping up. In between meetings, he manages to mumble a quick prayer before dashing off to what he has to do next. Which of these two men is more faithful? The answer is the second, because he prays for no other reason than because of God. In fact, it's a sacrifice to even take the time to utter the prayer when he's so busy. The other man prays too, but he gets something out of it. The prayer makes him feel good, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's clear that it's not in the same league as the man who prays with no gain. Interesting when you think about it.
Tags: book club, book club: a.j. jacobs, lj-related

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