Thursday, August 14th, 2008

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My Parody Religion Is Better Than Your Parody Religion … or: How I Survived X-Day XI [2008]
Day Two


As mentioned in day one … we went to bed the drunkest we have both been at once all year. Maybe all decade. And woke up at 4:30AM to save our stuff from the rain…. Then slept… Then: (more…)

My Parody Religion Is Better Than Your Parody Religion … or: How I Survived X-Day XI [2008]


I first heard about the Church Of The SubGenius on a national WWIV syndicated message board, on some BBS, way back in the late 1980s. The ridiculosity of it all intrigued me, as did the parody of organized religion. It is a parody religion, like Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, but superior in every way: Actual depth, substance, philosophy, and even truth. Superior art, superior video, superior radio shows, superior events. (Um, FSM doesn’t have any of these, does it? FSM is basically like parodying the Holy Bible with a knock knock joke or a single middle finger; CotS is like parodying the Holy Bible with a more ridiculous bible.)

Read the wikipedia page HERE; it explains things adequately). (more…)

“He wanted there to be conspirators.

It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy. You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us.

If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them.

No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.”

-audio rant overheard during Hour Of Slack radioshow. Googled it, and found it as a blog comment on a foreign language blog, with Terry Pratchett mentioned. (more…)