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We shouldn’t live with absolute frivolity

Published August 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

While life should not be taken too seriously, this doesn’t mean we should live with absolute frivolity. Yes, so-called religions attempt to mandate all sorts of opinions and behaviors about morality and social conformity. This does not mean that actual religion — the sincere attempt to understand the unknowable — is inherently stupid or necessarily bullshit.

Quantum mechanics tells us that all possibilities exist simultaneously until foreclosed by inconsistent observations. So, with regard to what we truly cannot know or observe, it’s possible that all beliefs are equally "true" and very much real. It’s an incredibly powerful thought: that we can design our own eternity simply by imagining it.

Personally, I’d want much more from my eternity than to party on a pirate ship with a bunch of beer and strippers. The ability to have that experience at any time and for any duration? Sure, that would be great. But plain old life has plenty to offer that’s much more sublime and extraordinary than simple hedonism. And it’s not even a very ambitious vision of hedonism.

World history is replete with terrible evils committed in the name of "religion." Certainly, it’s an important message that moral and social "values" should not be elevated to the level of religious beliefs. But our ability as humans to recognize the fundamental unknowable questions — where are we from, why are we here, and where are we going — creates a fundamental human need to discuss and confront these questions.

Pastafarianism does indeed celebrate the power of the individual to choose his or her own answers to these questions. Some might like the idea of choosing answers that are deliberately silly or absurd. But to do so simply to make a point about the beliefs of others is to degrade and dishonor one’s own spirit.

-Tom



1,446 Responses to “We shouldn’t live with absolute frivolity”

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  1. Gnocchi Pudding says:

    Dear Fat Bastard Stripper. You two-timer! Already, messages to other ladies, ….hmmm?
    The other question I have is what’s with the background laundry hamper in your photograph?
    As a career, YOU TAKE IN LAUNDRY? If so, I retract my marriage proposal.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      No, G.St.P, messages FROM other ladies. That is my lunch box, not a laundry hamper.

  2. Gnocchi Pudding says:

    Dear Rasputin, What size bra are you at the moment?

  3. Cap'n Grey Beard says:

    Eeeeeeek!

  4. Rasputin says:

    Yeah, I’ll be back to the Fatkins soon.

  5. Fat Bastard says:

    I think the best diet is reversing the traditional idea of ‘three ‘balanced’ meals a day and never missing a meal’. One may eat fat, but not at the same time as sugar; meat, but not at the same time as starch etc.; AND, missing a whole day’s meals at least once a week. I’d be fat without it.

  6. Zac says:

    Why is it that every other religion is “possible” except pastafarianism?

    • Rasputin says:

      Well said, Zac. Pastafarianism is the ONLY possible religion. Every other religion claims its omnipotent gob intervenes in human affairs, but still can’t sort out the problem of evil. We Pastafarians know the FSM is an absentee, who lets us get on with it whilst He’s drinking beer and having His noodles sucked. He’s a bit like a really bad babysitter, who’s having sex in the living room whilst the children in the bedroom are playing with matches and shoving knitting needles into electric sockets.

  7. Deadly Chicken says:

    [Quantum mechanics tells us that all possibilities exist simultaneously until foreclosed by inconsistent observations]

    ok so lets look at this for a second .. your religion, along with pretty much every other one, states that it is the only true religion, and all others are false .. which by quantum mechanics means they are all in fact invalid, false and untrue.
    Thanks for pointing that out to us.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      Dead Chicken, please identify the ‘inconsistent observations’ in our religion.
      Please note also that Shroedinger’s Cat, unless observed, is simultaneously both dead and alive; or, don’t you understand quantum mechanics?

  8. Excelsior says:

    Dead Chick,
    On the contrary, Quantum mechanics says that all religions are true until you can prove them false! Since there are thousands of religions that you can’t “prove” are false, (even Bertrand Russel’s teapot circling Mars), there are tentatively thousands of hells that we might be going to! So gird up your loins, maybe some day we will know whether the cat is alive or dead! However, I still choose to believe in the FSM! Ramen!

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