Alright, I see where you're coming from, then. Not sure how good it is for your blood pressure, though.Your words are good Krute and I respect them. I also hold a high regard for Ian as a person and respect both his conviction and resolve.
Religion ... I absolutely detest it ... a cruel, sick, twisted cult that does nothing but drive unnecessary wedges into an already complicated world ... and I have kids who have to grow up amongst this absolute brainwashing stupidity ... what I can do is teach them to be strong so that they never have to turn to such world-wrecking lies and fairy tales ... an Islam God is just as stupid as a Christian God.... and hanging around a Pastor who wants to start world war 3 by burning a koran, is not a smart thing to do ... the Catholic church is nothing more really than a den of thieves while they pass the silver tray on Sunday mornings and take even more from the poor......
Matter of fact, I used to be a bit that way, myself. Hated this, hated that, hated them, hated those, etc, etc.. Got me absolutely nowhere. No matter how passionately I railed against this and that, strangely I never noticed it having any effect whatsoever on the objects of my hatred.
Took a while to sink in, but I eventually came to the conclusion that hatred doesn't really work all that well. It's ineffectual, actually. Damn near useless. And since I was never much good at showing "love", (whatever that is), I decided to just get off the bus altogether. It was heading nowhere anyway.
I'm no happier for it, but then again I'm no angrier either. And the objects of my hatred still don't even know that I exist.
So, what do you think? Of those three options - hate, love, and to-hell-with-it - did I choose the right one?
[Disclaimer: I don't always manage to control my reactions to people who annoy me, as readers of the "Footage" subforum can confirm.]
To that I can only quote your own comment, Bob - "I have a high regard for Ian as a person and respect both his conviction and resolve." I agree, and since I see Ian and his fellow-believers as persons, just as I'm a person, I sympathise with their desire to find some kind of comfort in this "complicated world".So yes Krute... I say to you if you really wish to "sympathise with the believers"..... then God please help you.
Bob, if you highly regard and respect people like Ian, you ought to try putting your considerable energy into finding a source of comfort that's more acceptable and realistic than his religion, and passing it on to him. If you did that with respect, he might take it on board. As we've discovered in this thread, showing hatred just doesn't cut it.