September 6, 2012

God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy

God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. That's a line from a country song I once had the pleasure of listening to. I can't remember the title of the song. Nor the artist. But it's a line that kind of stuck really hard with me. It's funny because it's true. Well, sort of.

I don't know much about God being great. But these I'm sure of – beer is indeed good and people can be REALLY crazy.

God is great?
I can't remember the last time I entered a church because [I actually wanted to enter a church]. I'm counting like years. Yes, I entered a church about a few months ago but it was a moral obligation. I didn't go on my own volition. I had to be there for someone. I didn't go there to be close to the Almighty or pray to Jesus. I went because if I didn't, people will think I'm an insensitive asshole. I absolutely hate hurting other people's feelings. So I went. Joined the one who invited me to church and just went with the motions. I even sang along with a few of the hymns. Trust me, I can't sing at all. But it's the church, nobody will really care if you are the worst singer in the universe.

I'm not an atheist. Do I believe in God? There lies the problem. I honestly don't know. I've read the Bible. From the book of Genesis to the Revelations. I graduated from a high school run by the Anglican Church. We were taught about religion at least three times a week. And we are required to attend mass twice a week. From such an exposure, one would think that I should've come out of that institution with a halo over my head.

I then attended a Catholic university where we would pray before a class would begin. So if I had 8 subjects in a day, that meant I prayed 8 times a day. Sometimes it's more because there are certain professors who make their students pray before and after a class.

I've been exposed to religion like a lab rat to radiation. But guess what, I came out still undecided if I should believe in God or not. I remember a quote from a short story I once read that goes “The more I look for reasons why I should believe in God, all I find are reasons why I shouldn't believe in Him.” It makes sense if you really think about it.

Beer is good.
No explanation needed. Beer is good. Period.

People are crazy.
There are two kinds of crazy people. Those who are crazy bad. And those who are crazy good.

The man in Florida who ate another man? He is crazy bad.

The man who's trying to teach his pet turtle how to sing Smells Like Teen Spirit?* He is crazy good.

*He never succeeded. But it's okay. I'm sure everybody can live with that. At least he's not eating some homeless person he happens to stumble upon in the street.

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  1. I enjoyed reading posts here. I wish there was an "About" section so readers may know more about the writers and yet still remain anonymous :)

    "man who's trying to teach his pet turtle how to sing Smells Like Teen Spirit?" care to post a link? I can't seem to find the story re: that on google.

    I can relate with the uneasiness of having to please Christians during ceremonies, esp as an Igorot. I'm a closet agnostic, although my family and a few of my close relatives do know that I no longer consider myself a Christian. I was into Buddhist practice/meditation for a few years after I was introduced to it by a good friend. I found being indoctrinated to the Christian faith to have limited me (If you get to practice real buddhism, you'll find that it's actually not a religion but a way of life). However, I'm still grateful that it's helped me have good morals thru how my parents brought me up. But I just do not subscribe anymore to the belief that an all-knowing God who is wrathful and punishes us mere mortals is up there. But if "god" means something more universal and something that resides in every being, maybe I would agree.

    It's hard to let most people/Christians understand that being agnostic or atheist does not necessarily equate to being evil worshippers; it's just another perspective/way of interpreting one's life experiences. Well, I guess there's nothing else I can say but good luck to you on your own journey of understanding life :)

    1. First of all, thanks for dropping by and reading this blog. As of now, I'm the only one writing this blog.

      I agree with your points when it comes to making Christians understand why we don't fully subscribe to all of their teachings.

      Buddhism? Wow. I've read a lot about it but never had the interest to actually try it. Hehe. So, do you have some sort of Bhuddist community here in Baguio or somewhere near? Where you, you know, congregate and practice some Bhuddist stuff? :)

  2. By the way, please don't think that I'm recruiting you to believe in Buddhism, that's the least of my intention. :)