December 20, 2011
Anonymity is an insidious disease to the untested mind. It simply does not lead to people's behavior being more civil or kind. Given the chance to say anything they want most people exorcise (and exercise ) their demons. Most people keep their positive opinions to themselves because we are less passionate about our enjoyment of things. Consequently the brunt of the emails I receive are negative. I made the agreement with myself and those who read me that i would respond to every legitimate email I am sent. Positive emails make my day! Usually those who write to me to let me know they liked a story get a personal response. Sometimes I share parts of the story I didn't post or a preview of things I hope to write in the future. One of my most effusive "fans" has been exchanging emails with me for an entire year. Most of my hate mail gets a form email thanking them for reading in the syrupy tone of condescension. Sometime I get my druthers and send much longer than necessary responses to what I have decided are negative emails.
September 14, 2011
I do not wish to get into an argument against your beliefs. I don’t wish you ill and I wouldn’t want to insult you. Unfortunately, since I am of the opinion that religion is useless at best and dangerous at its core, I feel that I couldn’t avoid insulting you. There is no benefit in wielding Logic against faith. As long as you choose to believe in god and the power of faith against reason and in the face of contrary evidence there is no hope for my changing your mind. As I am of the opinion that religion is a collection of poorly written fairy tales, I can’t be brought around to seeing your point of view. I hope that you find great comfort in your religion. If you don’t I hope you can wriggle free of it some day. Just know that there is nothing in the world that makes you feel ashamed of yourself that is any good. There is no book written or word spoken that should enslave you. If you are burdened by the weight of god’s judgment, if you feel guilty or sad or unworthy of the blessings he keeps holding at arms length, then know that the rest of the world gives you the right to be happy and carve your own path. Don’t let men control your life through fear. Don’t let them tell you that you are stupid or weak or can’t teach people or lead them. There is not a single man on earth worth your own happiness. Should you remain a religious person I hope you can maintain the loving spirit that you have shown me thus far. Too many people of god are bitter and angry and red faced. I am surprised that among the many tenets set down in the bible, all Christian religions choose to universally ignore Mathew 6:1 - 34. This chapter begins, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others for the purpose of being seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” In essence, saying, “I’m awesome.” automatically makes you not awesome.
September 13, 2011
You may remember that on August 8th I shared the story, My Mind Is Clearer Now... This story chronicled my short lived career as a buyer for Home Depot. What you probably remember most vividly, is my having masturbated to pictures of a Jesus sculpture. I got a lot of hate mail about the story. Understandably, christians do not like hearing about Jesus performing oral sex on people. Image what muslims would think if they knew about my hot, Muhammad/Xenu, three way fantasies. I received an email from a young woman who I will call Rachel, for our purposes. She wanted to share God's plan for me. Like all emails sent to me via this blog, I sent her a reply email. I feel that, even if someone tells me they hate my work, emailing deserves a polite response. So, I sent her what I thought was an appropriate return email and started a very long conversation about theology. Here is the first email exchange between myself and Rachel, My Sister In Christ.