Friday, April 20, 2007

Oh, So Offensive

Yet funny.

If this is too soon, just come back when it's not. I saw the Virginia Tech shooter on TV, and there was something about him that I couldn't put my finger on. KQRS figured it out. I'm linking this in the hopes that if mass killers are ridiculed rather than made into media heroes, people won't think they'll be famous by shooting up their peers.

Of course, as an atheist, I don't care about those who were killed.

I heard a student on the news say, "We feel like we can't do anything. At least we can pray." So she really can't do anything. Seriously, if someone would explain to me exactly how prayer is doing something, please do. "It makes me feel better" isn't a real answer, since drinking and smoking make me feel better, but I couldn't get on the news by saying, "I lost 2 friends this week. I'm going out to down some whiskey and smoke a pack of Camels."

Although that does sound like fun, I'll abstain tonight. Maybe just a movie.

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beepbeepitsme said...

Prayer makes people feel like they are doing something positive and in a way they are as prayer can be an emotional outlet.

But if it has any positive effects, I see it only in this way - as a way to express emotions in a public way, and the sense of togetherness that people feel through the public ritualized display of their emotions.

Does it do any good aparts from that? I don't believe so.

Gus said...

I agree with these positive, non-transcendent aspects of prayer, especially when used with meditation. However, I suspect that too many people use prayer as an easy copout for not actually doing something that will impact the many negative situations in our world. How does it help others who are really struggling to just pray and then go on ones merry way? In fact those who know they're being prayed for specifically, but keep going down hill one way or another may feel frustrated at the lack of power of prayer. This plus disillusionment, plus a sense that one shouldn't feel angry toward "God," can just be more of a burden for those between life's rocks and hard places. Peace, Gus