christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

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Sunday Sermon: Hypocrisy in varying shades of gray

Disclaimer for Sundays

If you're a regular reader and a Christian
(or similarly afflicted with the mindset of any brand of religiousity),
you already know to avoid this journal on Sundays.

If you're relatively new to me
~ welcome friend! ~
you may wish to scroll past me
on the Day of Rest and Religion.

It is my hope that, on weekdays,
my random scribblings provide for you
a little song, a little dance,
a little seltzer down your pants

In conclusion...
Depending upon your "faith"
be on your guard on Sundays.
The eppylover never wishes to offend,
yet she must have her day
to indulge in her own non-beliefs
and vent her frustrations.
Lennon Saves

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that
when you die, your soul goes
up on the roof and gets stuck.
- George Carlin


This post
from layla1188 prompted a comment that just bloomed and grew into this week's Sunday Sermon.

Don'tcha think that maybe freeze-drying your mind by deluding yourself ~ concretely, unquestioningly believing in the scientifically unprovable ~ kind of opens the door to steadily increasing self-delusion across the board?

Once they jump on the religious fairy tale train, I'd imagine peoples' subconscious minds can justify any type of behavior.

A good deal of them actually believe they are an exception, because of this or that... and actually believe they are not hypocrites.

The definition of hypocrite is pretty much an objective thing, y'know, seeing as all this religious nonsense is open to infinite interpretation anyway.

My religion is: anything and everything is okay as long as you don't hurt anybody else.
But ... then you have to define "hurt" ... which opens up another whole box of cigars, Clinton!

Everybody in this world is a hypocrite ... EVERYBODY ... it's all a matter of degree and interpretation. So futile and stupid to stress over or wonder about.

One of the insights that was discovered when Brian's confidences were betrayed diaries were revealed was that as a young teenager he was baffled by the exact same conundrum/paradox, and he actually agonized about his own family being hypocrites.

Nothing is black and white. Everything in life exists in varying shades of gray. Everything.

Johnyoko was every bit as "bad" as George, bless their hearts, with complaining about the materialism and lack of spirituality of the world while living in hundred-room mansions. He rolled in his wealth and preached 'Imagine there's no possessions.' That's always cracked me up. Why didn't my friends and the general public join me in finding humour in this irony? Because people are brainwashed from birth to delude themselves.

I'm not saying I'm exempt. There are areas in my life where I do the self-deception dance. We all do.

Ringo is the smart one, the most common-sensical. He could see the others had their heads up in their self-righteous assholes clouds, but he smiled and kept his mouth shut.

And I think Brian observed his boys and just went: Brian Epstein says, 'silly Beatle!'apologies to rooftopconcert~this is her icon!
and carried on as the beautiful hedonist he's always been. ♥

Shit. Our lives are so short, we might as well make ourselves as comfortable as possible and have a good time. If it makes you feel good helping others, then that's the reason you should help others ~ not because you feel guilty about others being worse off.

After all, don't they say 'charity begins at home'...? ani laughing smiley

I have a sneaking suspicion that 99.999% of philanthropists are into that groove just for show anyway. The name of the game is "Dig Me, aren't I wonderful."

Piss on it. There will always be many, many people who are worse off. And there will always be people who are far better off than we are. That's life. Just go with the flow.


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave
when first we practice to believe."
          ~ Laurence J. Peter

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
          ~ George Santayana

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Tags: beatles, brian epstein, hypocrisy, moral orel, sunday sermon

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