Monday, June 28, 2010

Facebook Proselytizing

Message from our FB overlords: "[Facebook 'friend' I haven't seen in 20 years] liked Radical Love Book on Facebook and suggested you like it too."

My god-dar twitches severely. Might as well check it out. Yup, it's some god crap book somebody wants to share with me.

I am momentarily tempted to see if The God Delusion has a fan page I can recommend to her.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Trinity on Facebook

I recently scanned and uploaded a bunch of old photos to Facebook, and they got a lot of attention from "friends" and "friends" of "friends" (who the fuck are all these people, anyway?). So naturally I do a little Facebook stalking on the women types, and I ran across a bunch of bible quotes and self-descriptions saying how lost they would be without God. Jesus Christ! Er, I mean what's up with that?

I totally get all the photos of kids, friends and inane status messages, but I still never get why their belief and devotion to God has to be publicly plastered everywhere. Isn't that really between them and God?

Perhaps I should have a Facebook description proclaiming how glad I am that some of our ancestry started approaching the world rationally and developed the scientific method, sanitation and medicine. Those three things are probably the most responsible for my quality of life. And perhaps the evolution of political and economic theory, and state diplomacy, but it's harder for me to quantify those effects on my life.

Now that I think about it, I'm particularly fond of refrigeration, also. I need to think of a way to put that one on Facebook without betraying where the thought originated.

That reminds me, I've seen the theme of abandoning technology and living naturally—read primitively—come up randomly a few times lately, as if rolling the clock back a few hundred or few thousand years would make life so much more simple and enjoyable. I always think—and sometimes say—"really? Life would be so much shittier without sanitation and medicine in particular. You have no idea." Infant mortality rates alone should make most anyone shudder at the thought of rolling back the clock more than a few decades. And World War II and the Cold War should make anyone shudder at rolling the clock back even that far.