I have recently been introduced to the FSM and all his noodly goodness. I have the Gospel of the FSM and plan on proudly displaying him on my car, as soon as the emblem arrives. First and foremost, I consider myself a realist (DEFINITION: "a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly." I believe that everyone in this world "should" have "something" in which to believe. Whether its god, or fate, or karma, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And, I think the purpose of that belief is simply to have a place to turn when we're lost, or hurting, feeling alone, or when we're weak and just need a little strength. And this, I believe, was true when man first created god, which were in times when life was much harder then it is now. I think having someone, like "god" helped societies develop order in an otherwise chaotic exisitance. It gave them explainations for things they didn't understand. Why the rains fell, why people got sick, why "miracles" happened. And, in the same light, it helped govern and police society. "Follow the word of god or else." But, I also believe that society as a whole has come a long way since the time when JC walked the earth. We don't need to turn to the "all mighty creator" to explain things to us anymore because we have the widsom and intelligence and technology and understanding of science to produce the kind of answers and results that we require.
To me, religion and "god" and JC dying for all of mankinds sins just seems foolish. Take Jesus being born. A woman becomes pregnant, and not by her husband. If this scenerio took place today it surely would wind up on Maury and paternity tests would be done to find out who the father is. And should anyone suggest that the child is the son of god, the whole world would laugh, save for those who would be angered by this "obvious attempt to mock christianity." But, if thats what someone wants to believe, then so be it. Let them, that's their choice, its part of their "free will" that god so humbly bestowed upon them. And I'm not going to burn bibles, and desecrate churchs and call people who believe in god morons, because, I could be wrong. And I'll admitedly say that, because, that's part of what being a realist is.
But, in my experience, that type of courtesy isn't always shared. Proof being the exhausting list of hate mail regarding the emergence of the FSM. And, most recently, with my girlfriend. She is a devote protestant christian. Goes to church every week, sometimes more then once. Goes to Easter and Christmas Mass twice. Regularly gives to the church even though she struggles financially. The whole deal. And I knew that prior to starting a relationship with her and, perhaps it was my fault, but, I didn't think it would pose that big of a problem for us. Me, being a realist, knowing I could easily appreciate her beliefs, thought that she would be of the same mind set as to not try to impose her beliefs on me. And, while she doesn't directly impose upon me, its becoming more and more evident that her beliefs indirectly interfere with how our relationship works.
I believe that, no matter what your belief, you should at least appreciate that other people have different beliefs then yours and that, although you may not share their beliefs, should be open minded enough to a different idea of thinking, if for no other purpose then to allow yourself the opportunity to put yourself in their shoes to better understand them.
What has become obvious, is my girlfriend doesn't share this belief. On more then one occasion, her additude regarding any belief that didn't coincide with hers was immediately disregarded and often ridiculed. Point in case. I purchased Jim Carrey's "The Number 23" on DVD. I perused the special features, and there was a specific documentary regarding Numerology. I hadn't had much exposure to it, but, understood it was a belief that numbers dictated everything in life and could be used to represent people, their personalities, etc. I watched the documentary, and listened to the explainations of what each number meant and what types of people and personalities they represented and was intrigued as to how closely my numbers represented me and my girlfriends represented hers. Now, while I thought this idea of Numerology was fascinating, I also keep in the back of my mind that people will buy anything, so long as its presented properly and the person on the documentary was chosen specifcially for their ability to present numerology in exactly that way. When I tried to start a conversation with my girlfriend about numerology and the documentary, she quickly became irritated and commented something regarding numerologists as "idiots." The same thing happened when I mentioned something regarding scientologists. Again, a comment of "morons" or something similar was her retort. And finally, when I informed her of my decision to buy the Gospel of the FSM, she asked things like "Why would I buy such a book?" And "Am I acutally going to read it?" As if the idea of reading the book was illegal or against the law.
It is her additude that really opened my eyes to just how resliante people are to change and how stubborn and close minded they really are. I don't understand why people get so offended by new ideas. And I know for the fact that I could never get her to admit the fact that theres a "chance" god might not trully exist. Never in a million years could she ever admit that. If "anything" is possibly, which I trully believe, then, why can't god not exisiting not be possible?
I'm reminded of the scene in "Jackass" where a guy is dressed up in a halloween devil costume carrying a sign that says something like "Satan is Good" or something and it provoked a reaction in someone so powerful that they assaulted the guy in the costume. People are so offended by something so trivial that they have to resort to violence? What's next, a mail bomb to the FSM headquarters?
The world, and the people in the world need to have their eyes, and their hearts, opened and their beliefs reevaluated. They need to see that there are 6 billion people in this world and not everyone is going to share in their beliefs, and that's okay. But, they need to stop saying things like "Just because you don't believe in god, doesn't mean he doesn't believe in you." and trying to act like they don't care what we believe in when they hypocritically take up arms the instant something comes about that challenges their religion or beliefs. You sure give a lot of attention to something you say you don't care about.
And for those out there who sit on their high horses, pointing your damning fingers down on us Pastafarians for our belief saying it's a mockery, and that it's a ridiculous idea to believe that a deity resembling that of a bowl of pasta could trully exist.. all I can say is that I pity you. And ask that you quietly go worship your "Invisible friend for grown ups" and his son, the bastard son of a whore in peace and leave us to our own lives, and musings.
Maybe that was a little too much. Oh well. I'm tired of being nice. And I'm tired of people not saying what needs to be said and saying it the way it is.
So, what do I do? How do I deal with people that so arrogantly look down upon people like me because I don't believe in God? How do I tolerate people who don't show me the simplest of courtesy by simply allowing me to believe, or not believe, in what I chose and to not judge me for it?
FSM, give me strength.. and some garlic bread.