Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thoughts of the Day

I have often heard people state that they want no part of religion because of the many horrendous acts committed in the name of God.

Yet I have never heard of anyone fasting until death because they once got food poisoning.

I have yet to hear anyone push for anarchy because of the government of North Korea.

The residents of New Orleans still use water.

There may well be valid reasons to swear off religion. But because someone detonates retarded people in the name of God is not one of them.


The Fishmonger said...

If a city's water supply had outbreaks of Cryptosporidium contamination every two or three years, would it be reasonable for residents of that city to stop drinking it, even though it was perfectly safe most of the time?

Looking at it another way, if an associate of yours periodically lost control and beat the living daylights out of people for what you saw as no good reason, would you still be willing to spend time with that person?

Denis Navratil said...

fishmonger, I would not drink the city water and would not associate with the violent person. However, I would not swear off all water or all people because some water and some people have gone bad.

With respect to religion, I think it is a mistake to reject all religions because some have gone bad. Similarly, I think it may well be a mistake to reject a particular religion because some who claim to be members behave horribly. This is not to say that there aren't valid reasons to reject relgion in general or a religion in particular, its just illogical to reject all religions because of the actions of one, just as it would be illogical to reject all people because an associate is sporadically violent.

Caledonication said...

I found myself in a local area hospital cafeteria yesterday. While I ate, I noticed a cardboard placard on every one of the tables. You’ve probably have seen them before, you know the A-shaped ones? Sometimes at restaurants they place them to advertise specials, dessert, etc. These particular placards were so interesting to me, I stole one. I’ve actually been sharing its message with others. I transcribe it here (verbatim) for your pleasure.

Growing Responsibility

Every day, sustainable coffee farming becomes more essential. Starbucks is committed to this growing responsibility with Shade Grown Mexican coffee, a result of partnering with Conservation International to protect biodiversity through organic and traditional shade growing of coffee plants.

We Proudly Brew Starbucks Coffee

All this time I’ve been under the assumption that I’ve been paying way too much for a venti, skinny, vanilla latté, with two extra shots of espresso, because of the level of service and product knowledge I receive when I go to Starbucks. Maybe I’m just getting too old for Starbucks? Maybe Starbucks is moving toward some other kind of business and away from the coffee business? Either way, it left a bad taste in my mouth.

I won’t stop drinking coffee, although I may shop around a bit first.