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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



1,569 Responses to “We shouldn’t live with absolute frivolity”

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  1. Bane says:

    Hankey, you follow the false FSM. You’re crazy.

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Bane, you follow the Whore of Babylon. You’re crazy.

      • Patroller says:

        The Captain resorts to rather silly responses. Disabled toilet.

        • Captain Birdseye says:

          But…. but… it was an exact reflection of your claim….? Projection, anyone?
          Surely, you can’t be suggesting superiority of belief? Surely, the Eastern Orthodox fantasy is the correct one?

  2. patroller says:

    Just feel sorry for the Capain.

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Quod erat demonstradum.

      • Patroller says:

        The Captain thinks he’s clever. Cretin. Lol…

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          The Captain demonstrates cleverness, whereas, Patroller does not.

        • patroller says:

          Hankey is simply an idiot. Lol…

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          ‘Police Raid Drug-fuelled Gay Orgy in Vatican’. At least it wasn’t paedophillic as well.
          As a devout Catholic, Patroller, can you talk me through what’s going on here?
          https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCUmtDhazCnaNio-gCwgebCkL05KbJzZaoVgwYwfHIjx63phFE1OGTf2ewWA

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          …. I love the way the angels have been positioned to lend pious somemnity.

        • Patroller says:

          I’m not Catholic, you fucking fool.

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          That reminds me of a joke about urinals…..

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          Two guys are chatting in front of their secretaries. One says to the other: “I hear the Pope is keeping the College of Cardinals on their toes!” “Yeah? – How is that???” “He had all the urinals in the Vatican moved upward 8 inches!” They laugh like hell and go off to lunch. Then, one secretary says to the other: “You know, I didn’t get that…” And the other says: “Neither did I, but then, I’m not Catholic…”

        • patroller says:

          Let’s be kind and say that Fred is a bit perverted.

          Disabled toilet.

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          That’s Mr. Hankey to you, Patroller.
          None the less, as a psychopathic bigot, are you unable to offer any suggestions as to what the Pope is doing? The best I can make of sucking baby Jesus’s dick, is to taste his blood, to glorify his genital mutilation and to feel Godly.
          Are you Godly, Patroller? Disabled Toilet.

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          …. maybe this is more amusing to you, Patroller.
          https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTi76S-1g5ChV2VYyLMaLGRRybIL5DlTVwJML7S-kQomwQrKHxCCpRCvyny

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          AF, based on your information, my hypothesis is that Vatican choir boys will have evolved to be three and a half inches taller than the control group. In contrast, Patroller is four inches shorter.

        • Patroller says:

          Hankey, I’ll share the same advice already offered to the Captain.

          Get help and overcome your issues. You’re clearly sick.

          Disabled toilet.

        • Mr. Hankey says:

          I’ll take that as an endorsement then, Paedtroller…. Howdy Ho!

        • Patroller says:

          Watch out evil-doers, Hankey is on the prowl..

          Disabled toilet.

  3. patroller says:

    Goodbye to the cesspit that is the FSM.

    Disabled toilet.

    I won’t be back. Fuck off.

    • Apprentice Frederic says:

      AWWwwcwww! If only that were true….

      • Mr. Hankey says:

        Why does he bother telling us? Does he expect pleas to stay? He just doesn’t contribute anything of value.

    • Keith says:

      Liar: Insecure trolls like you always come back. You crave attention.

      • Appren6tice Frederic says:

        Keith,
        I think that crafting an accurate epithet for wharsisname is too much feeding; I swear to stop…..

        • Keith says:

          Normally I don’t reply to such goadings. Sometimes the temptation is too great.

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          The “temptation trollop” eh??? LOL

        • Captain Birdseye says:

          Do you mean like the temptation of a gay Lilith?

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