Friday Five from Smattering.org.

1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
I was raised Roman Catholic.

2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
No, I am not a practicing Catholic. I don’t believe in any organized religion–they all essentially strive for “goodness.” I want my “goodness” without the guilt, restrictions, and threats of eternal damnation. Besides, the evangelistic mantras pit the religions against each other. More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason–the Crusades were a bad idea. Karl Marx said, “religion is the opiate of the masses” and I tend to agree. However, I have actually gotten into Buddhism recently because it’s an introspective philosophy more than a religion persay–it implies a certain personal pragmatism. But, who knows? Maybe South Park is right; the correct answer for “salvation” is the Mormons.

3. What do you think happens after death?
The people you leave behind throw a big party with your money.

4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
Picking up a Grande Latte at Starbucks in the morning.

5. Do you believe people are basically good?
I do believe that everyone has the capacity to be good, but all the mofos I’ve come across in my lifetime were not all good. If you try and live a life that you can be proud of then you will be rewarded someway somehow. I am a firm believer in karmic retribution.

2 Comments »

  1. I like your answer to #3.

    #1 by Meerenai — November 1, 2002 @ 5:51 am

  2. Trying not to delve into existentialism, but…I tend to agree with you on #5. There are certainly people out there that have ill intent–that is they really DO mean to fuck you, however they can. Unfortunately, it is these same people that tend to be the power grabbers and try to get legs up on anyone they can.

    The issue then becomes how to tell the difference between the real assholes and normal people–keen awareness and perception help–so you can stear clear of them.

    #2 by David M — November 4, 2002 @ 9:02 am

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