1. I love Flash Mobs. Such sweet, joyful, surprises they bring unsuspecting passerby all over the place. Well, in the west at least. I wonder if they ever perform in the near east?
2. Sharia has so many laws against basic humanness like music, compassion, free speech and thought, female sexuality or expression, many forms of art, of dress, of merriment. Flash Mob performs in Dar Islam and Flash Mob would get whipped, arrested, or worse. It’s very sad what that cursed part of the world misses out on.
3. I thought the same thing while watching the splendor of the Nutcracker ballet with my husband and daughter this weekend past. Hijab and gender apartheid laws would have made it impossible. As it is here, though, we got to thoroughly enjoy its sheer jubilant beauty.
4. A Christian posted a video of a Flash Mob carolling in a mall, a very sweet thing, and then soured it a bit with the snide comment of “That should shut the atheists up.” How rude. Just because a person doesn’t belong to your religion doesn’t mean that can’t appreciate, even enjoy certain aspects of it.
5. Heck, I love nearly everyone’s holidays… the positive ones, that is, that celebrated good things: Birth, Life, Dancing, Hope, Harvest, Weddings, Treaties, Family, Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men (and Women too), Spring, Rebirth, Mystery, Beauty, Freedom….
6. The only holidays I don’t like are the mournful, harmful, negative ones: Ashura comes immediately to mind. That one absolutely horrifies me.
7. Musterion NinetyNine posted a fun music video of the Star Trek Next Generation cast singing “Make it So” to the tune of “Let it Snow” in cleverly meshed sound bites and I stopped to realize that I never saw a holiday celebrated in that show. Maybe they did it and I just don’t remember but considering the subspace source of Star Trek to begin with, I wondered a little at the meaning of that curiously vacant spot where there ought to be holidays. And yet they seemed very happy, self-reliant people. Maybe that’s just the thing: don’t celebrate just once in a while. Make every moment and everything you appreciate special every day. Maybe we evolve to the point where we don’t need to work so hard at being happy. We don’t have to put it on. We can just BE.
8. There was a survey posted here that was alleged to ask people all over the world what they believe in. Iceland’s majority answer was the most unique: “We believe in ourselves.”
9. I’ve heard the argument where religious people consider themselves denigrated by the theory of evolution, claiming that it makes out their ancestors to be monkeys. Monkeys are cute. But whatever. They also get leery sometimes over the unorthodox concept of God in ourselves. Used to anyway, like up until about 20 years ago or so. They seemed to think it meant people were worshipping themselves like they worshipped God. But I think that woeful misunderstanding has since wore off.
10. We are in the mind of our creator before our existence and very much an extension of our creator in our existence. We are expressions of the Artist; extension that reach out and explore it’s own essence before going back, experience rich.
11. Just my opinion. It in no way invalidates yours. You are perfectly free to have your own opinions. We do have free will after all.
12. ISIS murdered all those Christians and Yazidis for refusing to convert to Islam, even the little children. They might have saved themselves by lying and saying the Shahada, but their mouths would have been forever fouled by uttering so grievous an evil lie. How stupid must these Jihadis be to believe that words alone cement a belief in something? May they be haunted by the lives they have taken and killed by their slave girls in their sleep.
13. No matter what, you should stay true to yourself. Don’t let anyone force you to say you believe what you don’t. Lies are heavy, shameful, things. Honesty is freeing.