September 14th, 2018 @ 1:10 pm
i saw twitter trends going on about the hurricane in the carolinas, so i clicked in and browsed a bit… i kept coming across pictures of overhead with “PRAY” written across the hurricane, and it occurred to me just how strange that image really is.
outer space imagery and nature (SCIENCE) mixed with praying (RELIGION)… K.
as i’ve gotten older, i find religion more and more unbelievable and laughable. i obviously can’t prove it wrong, but it just doesn’t make sense… science makes the most sense. technically, i can’t make sense of any of it, so i guess it’s kind of a waste of time even typing about it. i digress… the aforementioned overhead pictures were taken from space. they’re snapshots of nature being natural on a planet… nothing magical there. it got me thinking: how does space coincide with religion?
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(taken from here) nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. “nature” can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. the study of nature is a large, if not the only, part of science. although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.
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the idea of nature being a “phenomena” seems weird to me because we can leave wherever we are right now and touch grass, soil, water, other people. you can’t touch or see god, heaven or hell.
i was brought up catholic, and i don’t remember anything ever being spoken about regarding outer space. i specifically mean in bible, CCD or church teachings. in my head, i guess i had that mystical image of an old, long-bearded, white man sitting in space with both hands full of clay with earth floating in front of him or some shit. when i was a kid, i used to try to think about what came before everything, and freak myself out to the point that i couldn’t sleep. i didn’t really put much thought into there being another possible explanation for everything until i was a teenager.
i don’t really want to get into the whole “i think religion is a crock of shit” right now (i really do), i just wanted to talk about how confusing i find it that religious people look at those images and still think there’s a god, heaven, hell and/or purgatory.
what is space to them? do they think we’re just flying and floating around in a big box with stars and planets in it and heaven is right above it and hell is right below it? do they think that we go through doors to get to them? you can go up in a rocket, go above our atmosphere, into space, look down at our measly planet and keep floating away from it. planets are things, we are things, ACTUAL, PHYSICAL THINGS…
if you were in said rocket, floating away right now, and had the eastern half of the USA in view, you’d see THREE storms moving in from the west… BAD ONES, and you want us to “pray”?
pray for what? pray them away? pray that people don’t lose their lives, homes, businesses, belongings? pray for the homeless people that have nowhere to go or the means to survive? pray for the animals that don’t have homes that could potentially die if they don’t go where they need to by instinct?
if there is a god, why isn’t he or she stopping these storms? why are any people or (domestic) animals homeless? why does he let these bad things happen? why isn’t he/she doing anything while listening to all of these prayers?
that is one very messed up god.
space is straight up science. do religious people really think god created space? for me, i feel like it’s all based on fear and control or i think they need this type of magical definition so that they don’t lose their shit (i know, this is getting deep). i don’t think people can handle the anxiety they get thinking about all of it.
either way, these thoughts and prayers aren’t doing jack shit… i wish mankind would wake up and realize that it’s all a crock and stop saying “thoughts and prayers”. every time i read those words, i’m just like, you’re not even thinking about what you mean in depth, you’re just saying it.