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Subject: Burn the Witches Video
I’ve really enjoyed your site. I appreciate and respect all your thoughts and hard work!
Some time ago I came across a video that I believe I found deep within one of your pages. It was a video of “witches” being burned alive in Haiti (?). It’s probably been 2 or 3 years since I viewed it and it still haunts me. Can you please direct me to it? Several friends of mine would like to see it. (although I’ve discouraged it).
Thanks! And keep it coming!
Editor’s Note: Here it is… www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsDtsWJ5ibE
Editor’s Note: What a wonderfully delusion-inspired knee-jerky email. Perhaps Linda can find consolation in the fact that I believe that she believes all her hokum. Such is the way of delusion.
To get preliminaries out of the way.. you wanted to know how we find your website? Truthfully, I was reading some stories about Kent Hovine, that led me to you by your mention of his name. (I’ll refrain from giving my opinion of Kent for fear of being misunderstood too early in the game and having them (my opinions) torn apart by the ravenous wolf that is probably at work in you.) Come on, you gotta admit, you are a mite on the volatile side? You seem to be an odd mixture of gracious and vicious all at the same time. …Or is it that darn written word syndrome coming up to bite us, making you misunderstood as to having a less than generous attitude? … Anyway, suffice to say that Kent H. seems a bit mixed up to me. And sorry for the “ravenous wolf” remark if it falls under the dreaded “proselytizing” no no rule. How much freedom of speech do we have on your site anyway? I assume since it’s your website and you’ve meticulously outlined the rules for dialoging, I’m on thin ice from the get go. Oh well, I’ll wade in.
For a guy who feels Christians spout highly unsolicited rhetoric, you sure do know how to invite it.
Just for an intro here, I am a theist, and judging by your stance, I’m certainly the worst kind, or, is it the most reviled or pitied?.. I am a monotheist. “Christian”, (we rather fondly call ourselves), also a “follower of Christ”. I love God. I believe He is the Creator. (capitalization purposely there in counter to your purposely doing the opposite) So.. that is what I believe. I can’t make my intro any more “squeaky” than that. As to who I am, I am also a girl, and judging by a few of your correspondences, you don’t play favorites or pull punches. Good. I much prefer honesty, be it vulgar or not. But, before you get any of your “banging” images going… I’ll save you the time… I’m a baby boomer, so believe me, I’m probably not a good candidate for your fantasies. So that you’re not totally turned off and tune me out.. I did turn heads in my day, (absolutely NO pun intended) and my husband still tells me I’m beautiful. So there. Be nice.
So far I’m trying to understand your message and position you have taken in what seems to be a war on Christians? The proselytizing being your biggest complaint and then all of what that proselytizing entails, which I understand is one annoying nuisance after another with, no doubt, the innumerable “in your face” approaches? I believe I’ve gotten the clear message that Christians are seen as a scourge on society by your estimation or at the least based on your life experience. Ok, enough testing if I’m dancing on “the right page” here. I’m sure you’ll correct me if you think it’s worth your time. I’ll welcome it if I think it’s worth mine as well.
Let me reiterate my email subject… “Wow”. You have one hot complaint going. If I didn’t know better, I’d say, (in the words of Shakespeare) “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”…. (Only, make that applicable) Hummm….. you have to know, since you, in your own estimation, are an expert in understanding where Christians are coming from, that we see you as an extraordinarily, pitifully lost soul. And, equally so, of course, we see ourselves as having been where you are ourselves, making us feel we understand you. That is a formula for one hot debate and one successful website (lest we forget). You keep fueling our flames and we keep fueling yours. Tragic, but brilliant.
Again, for someone who abhors unsolicited remarks aimed to convert, you sure do know how to pick a fight. Sorry for all the character assessing on my part. I can’t help it, you are an enigma. I confess, I am morbidly fascinated at your Atheistic fervor and…. I might add, your, what I deem, myopic view of Christianity. Or have I misunderstood? Is it Christians you hate, or Christianity, (what they stand for) that has you riled? Stands to reason it’s both?
Granted, you probably consider yourself as having heard every argument, in your limited experience, that you care to hear, but boy oh boy have you picked one doozie of subject. (No doubt your abundant flow of “hate mail” and fan mail attests to this.) …Ok, I’ll get to the punch line or drop the other shoe and say what I came to say right out: According to the Bible, that which we Christians adhere to, you are an enemy of God… let me correct that… “our God”, not yours since you do not hold the belief that one exists. Also, according to the Bible, again, which we adhere to, you are quite lost, as once we were, and in desperate need of a Savior, and like we once were, completely unaware of it. Our argument is: The light that is in you is really darkness making it dark indeed… but while you are an enemy of God He yet loves you and died for you….Our Lord himself asked the Father to protect us from the “evil one”, which confirmed to us that Satan is alive and well and large and in charge,… making someone like yourself and others like you, “Satan’s spoils”…in our estimation. I think that’s it in a nutshell. But……
By very definition a Christian is a proselytizer. We are compelled by the “great commission” as well as love being the motivating factor. (although we can be horrible examples of it all… but that’s another story). Expecting a Christian not to proselytize is like expecting an Atheist to stop believing God doesn’t exist. No can do. Therein lies the impasse. As to the various forms of this expression (of proselytizing), hoo boy… that’s where the system breaks down kind of quickly. On that note, personally, I have a hunch that Jesus, the head of Church, is in actuality “growing His Bride”. This may account for the immaturity factor. Furthermore, I’m guessing that true Christianity will need to stand the test of time and torture by way of some sort of persecution talked about by Jesus and others.
But as to the confusing variability of doctrinal beliefs, there’s one thing Christiandom holds fast to and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ being: Jesus is God incarnate and all that entails. Anything that defies that belief we consider a cult. For instance, Mormon’s believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus was a little god, etc. Those things are no, nos in our book and that’s where we draw the line. So all the Christian denominations stick together on that, but not so the cults. We also believe that the ten commandments were not really meant to be kept, but meant to drive men to their knees in despair because …we can’t keep them. That is the heart of the Gospel.
As to your belief that Christians need our God to keep us moral, you’re absolutely right. But without our God we probably wouldn’t be total lunatics running around breaking sensible societial edicts, we would probably be just more like…. you, ..amoral but believing that we’re moral. Even babies that eventually become believers over time can recognize the depravity in their own souls. As C.S. Lewis (a committed Christian) once said, “if you want a peaceful life, I don’t recommend Christianity”. Staring your own spiritual bankruptcy in the eye every day is tough going.
I’m learning that “morality” which we Christians believe to be God given, is to the unbelieving world a relative term. The “pro choice” mentality, (which you ascribe to according to your literature), is a perfect example. A woman having the right over her own body is profusely extolled in our society. But for the poor human “fetal matter”, there are no rights. As president Reagan once said, “I noticed that everyone in favor of abortion rights has been born already”. There’s something wrong with the pro choice picture… and there’s something wrong with a life belief that makes man his own center. I’m too tired to continue.. gotta go. Would welcome your response… (I think.)
Lately I have been entertaining myself by reading about extreme religious groups. Holy Crap! (Literally)
You may already know about a great resource that I found: www.freedomofmind.com
It is the website of Steven Hassan, creator of the BITE model for evaluating a cult. Perhaps you could do a blog sometime about people doing good work to stop religious abuse.
Click on the “Information” tab on the top of the page.
Click on the Alphabetical Group Listing Heading.
Click on the “MNO” category.
Scroll down and click on Nuwaubians – Georgia Sect Alarms Neighbors.
Read and enjoy. Caution: you may wet your pants laughing.
Now I know why God sends people like you to hell. So we don’t have to listen to your stupid ass mindless drivel. You are a flaming homo.
Editor’s Note: The person who sent me this email later apologized, which I respect, so in fairness I’ll keep him/her anonymous. I’m allowing the note to remain only because I have to admit it was pretty damn funny. My drivel is often mindless and almost always stupid-ass. No argument here.
Subject: you’re awesome
Hello Godless Bastard!
just so that you know how I stumbled across your website (because you so kindly asked on your “talk to the bastard page), I was googling “Muslims are…” to see what suggestions came up because sometimes they’re quite funny and I fancied a giggle. “Muslims are bastards” came up as a suggestion so that’s the one I clicked on. then your website came up and it was the obvious choice.
I’ve been sat reading your website for about an hour now and it’s refreshing to read some sense. I live in England and we recently had a terrorist attack on a solider in the street. the story on the news really irked me and the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” which was new to me so I thought I’d do some research. this means “god is great” or “Allah is great” and it is shouted during many terrorist attacks. but you might already know that because of your high intelligence.
I found lots of different opinions on religion and your opinions are the only that really make sense to me. I haven’t grown up with any certain religion. both my mum and dad are atheists, however my grandma is a Roman Catholic but she’s never tried to preach her religion onto me.
I just don’t understand why people chose to live their lives from a book of lies, pray to someone who they cannot prove even exists and are simply waiting for death.
the Islamic religion baffles me the most.
there was real point or direction to this email but I think my friends and family are sick of hearing what I have to say about the topic of religion, so I thought emailing someone with similar views would be good. I love what you’re doing with this website and I might tell me old religious education teacher to read it, too.
I’ve love a reply so that I know you’ve read this and I’d also like to kept anonymous.
thank you for reading this,
from a fellow godless bastard
Subject: Deep Down Inside
Dear Mr. Bastard,
I read with interest your “Deep Down Inside” blog. The very last remark got me thinking: Anytime you hear the “deep down inside” response know that the only enlightenment revealed is the religious insecurity that lives [...wait for it...] “deep down inside.”
I think that the deep-down religious insecurity is what gets people to argue. It’s not so much about convincing the other person, although they themselves think it is. Rather it is an attempt to overcome that insecurity deep down inside themselves. People without that insecurity do not feel the need to argue. Of course, things are never completely black-or-white, but shades of grey. The more insecurity, the more arguing and evangelizing, and vice-versa. That’s why the Mormons, with a more far-out story that standard-issue Christians, go knocking on doors, in reality in order to convince themselves.
Now, I have seen that behavior not only in theists, but in atheists as well. Those who are secure in their belief are like a rock against the wind, they just smile when their belief is attacked and may only offer help to the “deluded” questioner. However, the insecure ones take any questioning of their belief as a personal attack and respond accordingly.
Notice that I included both theism and atheism under “belief”. You cannot prove a negative; you cannot prove that something does not exist, as with Santa Clause, unicorns, Russell’s teapot, or God. Their existence, or non-existence is a matter of belief.
Question: If someone were to come up to you and forcefully argue for the existence of unicorns, including perhaps references in fairy-tale books, how would you respond? Would you just smile and change the subject, or would you put in a lot of effort to prove him wrong? As much effort as you use to prove theists wrong?
Editor’s Note: If members of the Church of the Holy Unicorn were putting their holy books in hotel nightstands, indoctrinating impressionable children, invading third-world nations and effectively bribing starving people in need of medical aid with relief for obedience to their god, selling salvation to fund mega-churches, or flying planes into buildings, yes, I would. You’re arguing apples and oranges, Joseph. And don’t confuse mocking stupid people with stupid beliefs for entertainment value with trying to “prove theists wrong.” (I fucking love accommodationists.)
Subject: Muhammad Was an Asshole
Nice to get onto a Website, where other HUMANS are thinking like me! There was never a “git” called Muhammd, that was the word for what came out of a Camel’s arse!!….It is (the fuckin KORAN) all a primitive load of “K.R.A. PPPP”
To have to look at the primitive Motherf..ckers in lines, kneeling on the floor, when I turn on my TV, snivelling and banging their MT heads on the ground, literally makes me P.U.K.E!
When I was a kid, in the Brit. Merchant Navy, a bladdy good kick up the krutch after lunch (= a handful of rice and other shit) as they knelt on the Deck, would soon get them on the go.
A good thump in the head (PREFERABLY WITH A DECENT HAMMER, is the only sort of treatment these Heathens understand LETZ DO IT AND DO IT NOW, BEFORE THE F’ING ALIENS TRY TO KILL ANOTHER BRI SERVICEMAN in the Streets of London
Subject: jehovahs dumbass witnessness
Hey GB, I am so furious right now that I need to vent and I respect the hell out of you.
I just chased some jehovah witness assholes out of my apartment building. There was a little knock on my door and there stood some very well dressed smiling ass-faces with pamphlets in their hands. Well, GB, I immediately lost my cool (I do that frequently.)
Bam, Bam with my large caliber verbal canon. They never stood a chance. Told them to get out of my building immediately. Told them to get out of the cult. Told them to stop kissing the ass of the manipulating clown who leads them. I literally chased them down the hall and out the door.
Okay, here’s my problem. It’s a small town. Now they have marked me as under the influence of the devil. They act all polite during the day, but I could be “taken out” by their night-time goon squad. I hear they do that. Do you have any advice for those of us who have gone public against these ass-clowns and now walk in risk?
Chuck (not my real name for safety)
PS. Fuckin spell-check keeps trying to capitalize jehovah.
PSS. Sending this through a hacked city WIFI account for safety. Hope it goes through.
Editor’s Note: Dude, relax. They’re JW’s, not mafiosos. They’re not going to turn your world inside out because you verbally slapped them around a bit. Don’t sweat it. Besides, they’re probably more afraid of you than you are of them. Job well done, young man!
Subject: Hall of Shame: Facebook
Just wanted to rant and you semed understanding to my frustration…
Subject: You bastard
Dear frikken stupid bastard,
Damn you. You GODLESS BASTARD. Here is something to waaaaaaaaaaake you up, you bastard you.
May Dawkins be with you!
From: Liam Fielding
Subject: [Facebook Message]
Hey, I bumped into your website for the first time through something titled, uhm.. like “best summary of Christianity” ever…
And your site has a lot of potential but it was very difficult to read, it doesn’t look overly appealing, it has the feel of those web pages you load and you facepalm because they have the text from side to side (yours doesn’t), and some strange background colour that makes it impossible… or saddening to read.
I’m pretty good with graphics so I could help you improve your facebook images, the cover, profile, etc… If just to make them fit… And you should really try and switch your site colours so its easier on the eyes.
I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, what I’ve seen so far is good stuff.
Keep it up.
Editor’s Note: Thanks, Junior. We at Godless Bastard appreciate your support and words of encouragement for this fledgling website. Now go out back and play with your brother. We’ll call you in for dinner when it’s ready.
Subject: Documentary – REFUSING MY RELIGION Online Outreach
We are making a feature documentary, REFUSING MY RELIGION, about preachers who’ve renounced their faith and become atheist activists within the larger context of America’s declining religiosity. Being NY State Director for American Atheists, I’d like to do whatever I can to push our movement along and I’m confident this film can help. To show our genuine commitment to a cause we love, five percent of all donations to our recently launched Indiegogo campaign will go directly to The Clergy Project, numerous members of which are in our film. We understand the vast and influential role the Internet and you play in all this. We’ve launched this campaign to raise funding. As I’m sure you’re aware, making a film of this scope is a costly endeavor. Funding will go a very long way toward completing the film; we will use it for production, post-production, licensing fees, required insurance, marketing, distribution and many other items too detailed to mention here.
We’re proud to say that, to date, we have seven NY Times best-selling authors in REFUSING MY RELIGION, many of whom are preeminent figures in the atheist movement, notably Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Susan Jacoby, Katherine Stewart, and Greg Epstein. We’ve also interviewed Dinesh D’Souza and several key voices from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and interfaith communities.
We hope that you will consider watching our current trailer and posting this link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/refusing-my-religion on your Facebook page to our Indiegogo campaign. We would greatly appreciate any support from the online secular community that you can provide. If you have any questions or if there is anything at all we can do to help you, please let us know.
We thank you for your support.
NYS Director for American Atheists, Co-Director & Producer, REFUSING MY RELIGION
Co-Director & Producer, REFUSING MY RELIGION
Awh you mad motherfuckers ? Thank you for the page i love it ! Almost made year of excitement you. Guys are awesome love ya !
Editor’s Note: This was Katherine’s unimpressive and failed attempt to make me think that she’s not bothered by her very own Googlicious page in our Hall of Shame. But then again, she’s only 22. She’s not old enough to know what side of her playpen smells the worst. Come back in a few years when you’re all growed up and we’ll revisit your folly. Oh, and your email address? Fly to the fuckin’ max? On exactly what planet, darling? And yes, we are awesome. Besitos.
Subject: JW Visitors
A carful of Jehovah Witnesses just came to my home this morning to drop off some reading material. Somehow they had my address with someone else’s name associated with it but I entertained their approach anyway.
Two of them stayed in their car, the other two met me at the front gate. One was an older gentleman (I’m guessing late 60s) and the other was a guy in his early twenties, both African American. They were immaculately dressed and groomed, extremely polite, very disarming, ear to ear smiles.
I listened to their three minute soft-sell sales pitch in respectful silence and accepted a bible and pamphlet. Then I handed a piece of paper to the younger guy, written on it: GODLESSBASTARD.COM.
The guy laughed out loud as if you say, “You got me!” and I have to admit was a damn good sport about it. I told him that I’d read his material if he would read mine (yours). He didn’t commit to anything but at least I put it out there, so be on the lookout for some email. ☺
We exchanged a few pleasantries (nice weather today, what do you do for a living, etc.), shook hands and parted ways.
On some level I wish they were confrontational so I could respond in kind, but the truth is that they couldn’t have been any nicer. Foiled again!
Enjoy the photo. Please keep me anonymous. Thanks!
Ted from Dallas
Subject: Fan Mail
Actually religion and science have a few things in common.
Religious types rarely admit when they’re wrong.
Scientists rarely admit when they’re wrong.
And both will watch people die before admitting they’re wrong.
Subject: eye heart u
I want to carry your baby.
P.S. Please do not show my last name or email address. I’m surrounded by southern religious nutters.
Subject: Reasons to Believe Podcast
That was absolutely hilarious. I gathered my god-fearing family around and played it for them. To their credit, one or two of them figured it out immediately. The rest sat there, blinking uncomprehendingly for the duration, then got up and silently walked away. Good job! Great site. Thank you.
MORON OF THE MONTH AWARD
What happened to you?
Your vocabulary is awesome, your logic – not so much.
Your life and situation is a reflection of your irreverence.
I pray you can get yourself back on track.
Ronald C Markham
Amway Global Service Consultant
Global Service Plus Group
7575 Fulton St E
Ada MI 49355-0001
Mail stop 31-1H
Global Cell Phone 1-616-914-3778
Editor’s Note: The fact that he works for Amway explains his general stupidity. Love the semi-colons though.
Subject: I am not hater
My name is Randy [withheld] and I am 13 years old. I did not read all of your web pages and I want you to know that we Christians love you even though you do not know God. I am sorry if someone hurt you or forced you to believe in the past because that is not what Christianity is about. I hope that you will come to Him some day soon. God loves you and wants you to be saved. He will never deny you this blessing if you ask for it in His name. I will ask my church youth group to pray for you. God bless you Mr. Bastard!
Subject: Haven’t laughed so hard in a long, long time
I’m 2 hours into your site and I can’t pull myself away. Antagonistic and irritating, sublime, profound, at times delightfully juvenile, and always goddamn funny. Expect to see me around on a regular basis. Feel free to post this email on your fan page but please allow me to remain anonymous.
St. Louis, MO
Editor’s Note: My response is shown below in colored italics.
Subject: James D. Newman
Hey, Mr. Bastard (I can’t tell whether that’s rude or not – total mind fuck)
I want to start this on a happy note. I came across your site a couple of hours ago, accidentally, after spending hours reading autocorrect fails. One had a mistake saying “Christian mindfuck.com” and I felt the need to see if any such thing could exist. Google was more than happy to present me with you – wonderful!
I agree with the majority of what I’ve read so far, though that’s mostly through entertainment. I am, however, the argumentative type and I can’t really help myself but point out a slight fault you made in your response to James D. Newman. So here goes:
I completely understand and agree that it’s unfair of him to have put words in your mouth, and it’s definitely unfair if he has misquoted you. You seem to have missed the point he was actually driving at, though.
Not really. The thing he was driving at wasn’t terribly relevant beyond this: I attacked the weakness of Christians [not people], and he took offense. His entire mention of me was a knee-jerk defense mechanism. Regardless, as you noticed, he quoted me WAY out of context solely to back up his point. It was as close to a straw man as one can get.
It’s not easy to get a clear understanding of his point since it’s such a small segment and he took quotes from you completely out of context, but it seems to me that his point was: it doesn’t matter where one gains strength. It shouldn’t be up to you to determine where one should “lean” in order to deal with their life. To say it’s okay for someone to search within themselves but not okay to use an outside source is simply ridiculous. I’m an atheist and freely admit that there are some things I simply cannot deal with on my own. I wouldn’t turn to a god, but that isn’t the only external source available.
You may have missed what I wrote: “Yes Jamie, it is perfectly human to be weak, but in no way does that mean that if you’re not weak that you’re going against what’s natural or human. Also know that my commentary was not just about strength (or the Christian lack thereof) but also about resilience – the kind of emotional resilience that atheists have to a far greater extent than their theistic counterparts.”
But now you’re doing what James did. You wrote, “It shouldn’t be up to you to determine where one should ‘lean’ in order to deal with their life.” I neither said nor even implied such a thing. I never made any such determination. I never mentioned even ONE way/place/thing that anyone should follow/go/use in order to cope with the worst that life may hand you. In fact, I never, not even once, said or implied that one shouldn’t turn to god to cope. My sole commentary, the entire and only point of the rant, was to defend the position that atheists “don’t go against what’s natural and human,” so I’m not really sure what you’re talking about.
I know there are many ways to argue against this next example, but I’m hoping you’ll see my point: If my entire family were tragically killed, I’m completely positive that I would struggle to have anything resembling strength. Even if there were a part of me inside that I could somehow build upon, it’s unlikely I’d manage to get there on my own. It wouldn’t be wrong for me to ask friends, or even mental health professionals, for help – that is seeking external sources. Just because one might turn to a religion in order to gain that strength to continue their life, doesn’t make it any less useful. You state it yourself that your problem isn’t with what one believes but when they push that belief upon you. If one chooses to believe in a god in order to deal with a situation in their life, that shouldn’t be considered wrong or “too” weak. I would say it is far worse for someone to do nothing, for someone to simply give up. At least one who chooses to find god for strength is trying, even if it is ultimately the incorrect way of viewing life. It doesn’t really matter. Though, I do definitely despise those who would prey on the weak and struggling to force their god and beliefs, that’s different than a person reaching that on their own.
That’s all quite nice, but would you please to point to even one sentence anywhere in that rant that disagrees with or conflicts with anything you just said. (Let me save you the time. I didn’t, so again, I’m not really sure what you’re talking about.) I never got into any of that – at least not in that rant. Not even a little. Having said this, yeah, I think it’s stupid and pointless to lean on god even if you also lean elsewhere – as long as you also lean elsewhere. But again, I never got into any of this.
You wrote, “At least one who chooses to find god for strength is trying, even if it is ultimately the incorrect way of viewing life. It doesn’t really matter.”
It doesn’t really matter? You couldn’t BE more wrong. That’s a pretty bold, sweeping, unqualified statement. Listen up. This is undeniable fact: many [but fairly not all] people make really bad decisions in life because they went to wrong store to shop for strength. I personally know people who unnecessarily (and stupidly) traded their life under the delusion that god would carry them through cancer instead of relying on the strength of doctors.
And this is where Fifi begins to pant lines of exception. “Well, that’s different.”
Nope. It’s not. And I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. Fifi is not the Grand Master of line painting for the other 7 billion people on the planet. She doesn’t get to decide on a case-by-case basis when caving to weakness is acceptable and when it isn’t. Once you concede that lines must eventually be painted (and paint them you will…), the whole thing comes crashing down like a house of cards. We all paint lines eventually, and that’s fine if we limit those lines to ourselves – not others. But to start pontificating exceptions when they don’t specifically impact you personally is the pinnacle of hypocrisy.
I don’t really care if someone believes something that is incorrect, even if their belief makes them an idiot. I can’t do math, that isn’t even an over statement, it’s as simple as that. I do not understand math. For that, I am an idiot. Is it fair to judge the rest of me badly because of that?
Again, another bold, sweeping, unqualified statement that’s too open-ended to warrant credence. You really need to add a few boundaries to make it worthy of consideration. You don’t care if a stranger believes in hooey? Okay. Fine. How about your child? And that child’s [your word] “incorrect” belief could or will put their life at risk. Oh, well, just paint a few lines now to make exceptions for personal inconveniences, right? The two people I knew who opted for the comfort of prayer for strength instead of running to a doctor were not only first-class idiots, but they’re now dead. Believing something that is “incorrect” is sometimes worthy of a well-deserved harsh moment of pause. If you were a parent with a child who took this path perhaps this would be a little more self-evident.
Sure, for trivial and harmless crap, fine. Paint those lines if it soothes your need to accommodate morons. Encourage them to pair stupid beliefs with stupid actions. Go nuts. But your unqualified statement needs a small but hugely impactful overhaul.
And no one [read: me] judges someone [read: you] who supports another’s right to be stupid…simply because it’s wholly irrelevant. I judge the one’s who are stupid, and I’d like to think that you do too. So yes, sometimes stupid people need a moment of pause when they’re taking profound risks that are uncorrectable. There are a few rants on the site that get into this.
I agree that James chose the wrong use of words (if, indeed, I have understood his point correctly) and certainly didn’t explain himself well. But I think you focused far too much on the choice of words rather than the message it was meant to convey.
I think I already covered this. Add to that, not to pick on the young, but James is too young to know what side of his playpen smells the worst. Booyah!
However, I do need to end this by explaining that I’m completely aware there is the possibility that you never stated anything even close to the whole “it matters where you gain strength from” thing. There is the huge possibility that the out of context quotes were misleading, making this whole thing redundant.
Fuck. This should have been the first sentence of your email.
Thank you for reading this far, though! I would thank you for the laughs, but it’s 4:50am. Instead of sleeping, I’m here arguing a point that may not even exist!
P.S. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to mention this (and I’m not entirely sure how I’m meant to) but I would appreciate if my identity was kept private. Thanks.