If Asthma cigs are so great, why deny the kiddies? Or do they just have to suffer from the paroxysms like the brats they are?
The more that I study the evolution of science, I am amazed regarding how much we don’t know, and how much of what we thought we knew that has been proven wrong. Personally I would like to see if any of those three-pack-a-day Camel smokers from 1950-whatever are still alive, or if they all ended up dying from emphysema like Aunt Sam. Aunt Sam (short for Samantha, no, she was not a former dude, even though her voice was so trashed and raspy she sounded like one) died back in the late ’70’s- thankfully she didn’t take anyone out with her. She went out presumably the way she wanted to go: gagging on an unfiltered Pall Mall as she lifted up her oxygen mask to take another hit.
Sure, Sam, you keep on smoking these mo-fos and you’ll live forever!
Then again, not so much. Aunt Sam was only 59 when she died. She looked about 318.
Medical science has evolved quite a bit in the last century, but it’s too bad that a good deal of that crucial knowledge came too late for some people. Jerry’s Dad still believes that kerosene is a hemorrhoid cure, and he’s also under the assumption that women have prostates. I can only hope that he doesn’t think you have to buy boxes of Tampax to go swimming and horseback riding.
I could only safely wear white after the hysterectomy- nice try guys!
A good number of astronomers, physicists and other scientists who have achieved notoriety or academic acclaim (because they could understand the math that I just am not wired to get) are atheist or agnostic in their belief systems. Even Carl Sagan, who had so much insight on astronomy, was a self-described agnostic. Cosmology (not to be confused with cosmetology or cosplay) is the science of the origin and the evolution of the universe. I would have to attribute the origin of the universe to something other than random chance. Maybe it’s just me, but whenever “random chance” is involved in my life it’s never a good thing, and is almost always indistinguishable from Murphy’s Law.
Perhaps to maintain my mental stability I have to trust that there is a higher power or a supreme being, because I could never get the math, but even I get enough math to understand that the odds of coming up with the universe, life, and Steve Perry in spandex are pretty much so astronomically high as to be statistically impossible. I find it hard to believe that a cosmic crap shoot is all there is, even if the placement and timing of the universe and life could be proven to be random. Tell me, Who is throwing the dice? Perhaps it is my own human limitation to assume that if something is created, that it necessarily had to have a creator behind it in some way.
I don’t necessarily take the Garden allegory literally, (and I don’t believe the Genesis account was meant to be taken at face value,) but it would have been cool to wander about naked in a garden all day with wild animals. Just sayin’.
I don’t necessarily take the Flood story at face value either.
Blaise Pascal (and I’ve outlived him by four years so far) was a mathematician and also somewhat of a theologian. He put forth the notion (Pascal’s Wager) that even if you can’t prove that God exists that the odds that He does are strong enough that it’s worth your while to live as though He does.
The only problem with living like there is a God is that it’s impossible to do so aside from His grace.
This being said, I am definitely not the greatest example of piety and selflessness out there. Mother Teresa, I ain’t.
I tend to connect more with things spiritual in happenstance cathedrals- places that seem unlikely and that are often temporary. If it’s quiet, if it’s secluded, and if there’s a sort of chaotic beauty, those are the kinds of places where I feel closest to God.
I loved places like this abandoned railroad bridge. It was destroyed in the early 1990’s for its scrap iron.
I’d have to say there is some kind of solace in the chaos of entropy, and in the patterns to be found in the disorder, as strange as that sounds. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to one of those convergence points that seems like everywhere and nowhere at the same time. There are simply some places where time isn’t what it is everywhere else, and I find those places to be amazingly spiritual and amazingly renewing. I don’t have an explanation for them just as I have no way to effectively convey how I know God not only exists but is present in and through everything. That’s just about how metaphysical I can get, and then I simply have to say I don’t know.
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I’m more sympathetic to agnosticism than I am to atheism. In it’s way, agnosticism is even more broad-minded than belief in that it at least doesn’t discount the possibility. Atheism is just another religion, only none of the guilt or the joy.
You Aunt Sam who died at 59 of lung cancer and who looked 80, reminds me that God has a fucked up sense of humor sometimes. As I think I mentioned in the last post, but when my mom got cancer at 57 (died at 58) she looked about 50 and had quit smoking some 15 years before. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Kerosene for ‘rhoids? Agh! I’ll bet it works, though–my ass just puckered thinking about it.
No, Aunt Sam looked worse than some of the preserved mummies in Egypt. If I had to guess her age when she died solely on how she looked, I would have guessed 318. Her face was so grey and wrinkled it looked like elephant skin, though she was probably 5’6″ and all of 80#. As a little kid she terrified me as she was sitting in her wheelchair, hacking up snot and pieces of lung- with the oxygen line nose plugs still in, as she hot boxed those unfiltered Pall Malls. I’m amazed that I was dumb enough to ever pick up a cigarette after that visual. (Sort of like “Aqualung” only female, sort of.)
I agree- at least the agnostics leave the door open. Why not keep an open mind? I certainly don’t know everything either. I don’t have a problem with the possibility of space aliens either. They might be out there, so I can’t flat out say they don’t exist.
Jimmy Hoffa might be alive and well and living in the Cayman Islands. Stranger things have happened.