Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mo Chraoibhin Cno! (My Cluster of Nuts!)

Tonight, my heart was wrung with sadness. I was being read and taught from the book

"The Story of the Irish Race"

by Seumas MacManus. In it, the author depicted in detail the horrors of the 17th century Cromwellian atrocities perpetrated against the Irish Catholics. The abased cruelty lasted well into the times of Queen Victoria of England and the Irish Famine. All this was done in the name of planting a more "civilized" land.

My stomach turns in disgust.

I do not think that any man or woman, who dares to read this book, can help but shed tears for a people long gone but not forgotten.

Now I understand. Dear God in Heaven, do I understand!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Humans and animals

I read somewhere that gorillas have an unusual habit. Being that they are vegans, their diet consists of plant material. When they need to evacuate, gorillas tend to use the expelled waste material as food. I also read that dogs return to their vomit, goats eat trash and pigs love to wallow in mud. Chimps are cannibals. They eat other smaller monkeys.

I have observed also that civilized humans have similar tendencies. Throughout the eras, they have invented new and complex ways to screw over and kill off one another and themselves.

You would think we would learn by now…?

Hooray for being part of the dominant species! Woohoo!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Economic Double Take

Today's online edition of USAToday has two articles, that when put together, they are mutually exclusive.

President Bush said that despite the rising cost of health care and energy, the US economy is sunny.

However, I could not help but notice another article says that more US children are living in poverty.

Is it my imagination or is there a discrepancy here?

Psst... aren't you glad GW is not a weather man?

An Answer to the Manipulation Problem

Someone wrote to me stating that manipulative people where a problem to society. This yesterday's hippie said we need to learn to love one another, to which I replied:

Learn to love one another? Ideally, I concur. Realistically, you're dreaming. Look around you. Read about world history since the beginning of known history.

There was an American woman who did charity work in Iraq. Her husband was an Iraqi and Muslim. I believe she had converted. Did nothing but good to the people in that country. She ended up with her head sawed off because she was an American. So much for spreading joy and love, huh?

Her death was a 30 second blurb between who won that day's lottery and how much Spiderman 2 raked into the box office. To the rest of the world, she was just another piece of meat fed into the grinder. The attitude is, "Too bad, so sad. Next." Tell me her name. Don't look it up. Do you know her name off the top of your head? Did you love her enough to even remember her name? I didn't think so.

The savage dines on the flesh of his enemy. Why? Because he likes it. Despite all the fruits, grains and animal meat available to him, he prefers human flesh. On the other hand, the civilized man is civilized because of knowledge. He kills with sophistication. What's the difference, really?

The point is, savage or civilized, humans will gladly do in other humans for their own special interest. On the other hand, an intellectual looks at both men and uses their stupidity to his advantage. The intellect knows that either one will eventually kill him off. So he uses his brain to tame both. And what's so piggish about that?

Let's look at all the loving people. MLK Jr. marched for civil rights. His reward? He was shot down like a dog. Malcolm X marched for the same causes. He too was shot down. Need I say more? Most of the peaceful folk were killed for being peaceful.

In America, the richest country in the world, we have homeless people. Why? Why are children going to bed hungry? Again, need I say more?

In reality, the savage or civilized do not want peace.

In his book, Animal Farm, George Orwell wrote: No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Quite frankly, humans don't want to help one another. Humans are a vile and hideous bunch bent to promote their own self-interest. I believe humans are not capable to bring about peace and would kill anyone that sues for peace. It would take something beyond human limits to bring peace to this planet. In the meantime, I will make sure, as much as I can control, to use the pigs for the interests of my family. They deserve no better.

Religious Hypocrisy in the 21st Century

I used to receive outlandish junkmail with promises of better health and wealth. All I had to do was buy this or that and all my problems would be over. Some were even more over-the-top. Those included plastic angels, swatches of cheap fabric, and even an illustrated drawing of Jesus, that if you stared at it for a length of time (usually until your eyes crossed), He would "miraculously" open his eyes! Of course, they also urged you to send them money so that you could "sow seeds" into the Kingdom of God. The logic behind this, supposedly, was that you reaped what you sowed. If you sowed money (into their ministry, of course), you would reap one hundred fold.

What was sad about this was (is) people fell (fall) for these clap traps! Wasn't it PT Barnum that said, There's a sucker born every second?

In the 21st Century, there's a more subtle form of religious husktering coming from the pulpits. The so called preachers and elders controlling their small town congregations through subtle guilt trips. Some churches even send "bills" for their congragation's tithes to their homes. However, when a member of the church falls into a bad way financially, they are ostracized and made to feel that in some way the individual has failed. Therefore, they are being "punished" for their sins. In between the lines, however, what is really being said is that the "church" will not help the member because they cost too much money.

Folks, for many churches in America, it's about the money. They love to get our money but won't help in a pinch. Sounds more like the American Business model to me.

I am not afraid or worried about God. It's His people that are doing the damage. Isn't it a wonder why people won't go to church anymore?

One Lutheran church in downtown Canton, Ohio, gives out food on certain days of the month. What exactly do they give? Expired food and spoiled meat. Another gave out eleven day old loaves of bread. I heard the story of one member of a non-denominational church in Navarre, Ohio, who gave another member three bags of groceries. Some of the contents had been expired since November of 2004. The eggs were frozen and one month passed the expired date. Salmonella anyone?

In all fairness, the church must give out what the members donate. The members donate from their cupboards what they don't use. So, the unfortunates get a collection of very odd items; the stray can of waxed beans, cranberry sauce, and bags upon ghastly bags of prunes. What a feast!

The saddest incident that I personally know of involved the Salvation Army of Canton, Ohio, which was giving out single sanitary pads to women in need! This also emcompasses their clothing drives. Anything church members deem unfit to wear, including stained underware, were given to the less fortunate members of the same church in a pious act of "giving".

Are the pastors even concerned with the breakdown of communication? Isn't it supposed to be "Love your neighbor as yourself?" I may be wrong about these church members. However, I don't think their last meal consisted of waxed beans, cranberries, and prunes.

Bon app├ętit!

And So It Begins

I decided to call this blog A Cynical Look at Life as a nod to the book written by Ambrose Bierce called A Cynic Looks at Life. It seems appropriate, even in this day and age, when things seem to be jumping and hopping along while in the background the world as we know it is changing to the worse. So much for civility and technology, huh?

There was a time, some say, when they could make fun of the stupidity of the civilized man and woman. That all has changed in the last few years. Everything that was happening "over there" has been rearing its ugly head here at home. Still, like sheep led to the slaughter, most Americans continue to purposely blind themselves to the fact that all is not well. In hindsight, however, all has never been well.

So I will start to write about things I find along the path of my day. You, dear reader, can comment, as this blog has been set with the commentary option. All I ask (and will enforce) that we follow the Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you. In other words, let’s be civil in our ranting. There’s no need to act (or write) like savages.

Secondly, in view of the stigma that comes with the word cynic, let’s define it correctly. According to Rick Bayan, the creator of the Cynic’s Sanctuary, it is defined as an idealist whose rose-colored glasses have been removed, snapped in two and stomped into the ground, immediately improving his vision. I like that definition. It is accurate. At least for me.

And so it begins.

***Update April 19th, 2006

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