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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



1,594 Responses to “We shouldn’t live with absolute frivolity”

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  1. Captain Hayes says:

    Tom if you would rather go to a building and listen to someone else talk about the religion you supposedly believe in; then go and worship with beer and strippers, then you must be a homosexual which is “forbidden” in Christianity.

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Cap’n, it’s very strange why fundies like to imagine what gay people do in private. I’m sure that Tom and his ilk have abused Quantum Mechanics and fervently imagined a fundie theocracy for centuries. And it doesn’t happen. One would imagine they’d give up trying or ask a physicist. But no, because that wouldn’t involve their ever-so-comforting blind faith, ignorance and idiocy.

      • Alphy says:

        Thanks for your comments, Captain. You articulate well. Seems to me many of these fundies have very gay imaginations. They are obsessed with images of gay people and gay sex. If we didn’t know any better one of us might assume that a substantial amount of these fine xtians with their ‘family values’ might be closeted, hypocritcal, religious queens who cant’t deal with the reality their own human sexuality.

  2. Doug says:

    Wow. It’s funny, and sad, how worked up these folks get. I’m a Christian. I go to church twice a week. But I think this site and religion is awesome and hilarious! Do these people even read the Open Letter or About Us page before ignorantly attacking? I don’t remember reading “attack other religions” in the Bible.

  3. Captain B says:

    Doug, one would like to think so, but, the Bible is full of instructions to kill outsiders (such as the Moabite woman), who have a different religion. By complete coincidence, their lands are then suddenly vacant.
    Other passages suggest proselytisers ignore ‘fools’ and move on. Perhaps the OT was meant to be disregarded after Nicea, but, the Crusaders didn’t think so. Nor the Inquisitors.
    When Early Christians began torching other religions’ temples and synogogs in Rome (the standard Roman penalty for arson was to be fed to lions), it seems likely that people died in the attacks.

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