Eulogy to Sanity

He speaks..

In debt I stand to the Other Side
I bow before his will
My skull becomes a helm
for the mind of another

Torments me, he does
With his pear-shaped tones
His voice sears my ears,
His presence defies my eyes,

He speaks, again..

Seize, he won’t, till his will be done
Relentless, he drills into me
My head yet again pregnant
with thoughts I do not own

Incarcerated in a box
I mock these wrethched walls
They can’t keep him away
He’d fuck a hole in them and reach me still

I see him now, yes..

Chastise me again, he shall
So here I lay naked, limbs spead
Euphoric, as my flesh is cleaved
my entrails yanked out, ignited

I cackle once more
Lo! Decadence personified!

My arms flailing about
to shoo away the vultures,
I’m not dead yet, fuckers!

..or am I?

No, my agony’s too vivid
My pain, too real
I shall rise once more,
Doomed to live another day,

So retreat, I shall, to silver memories,
When my thoughts were untainted,
My body, unscarred
Yes, I remember..

Back when I was alone..
Back when I was sane..

The Cradle of Irrationality

I could very well stomp upon the countless examples of the destructive power of faith. I could talk about the sheer ignorance, bigotry, homophobia, violence and even fascism that religions bring to the modern world. And on doing so, I’d easily annoy all those who call themselves “moderately religious”.

But that would be too easy. No, I’d rather talk about the very foundation of religion, blind faith in an omnipotent power, which makes it a dangerous magisterium indeed.

Religion may be seemingly harmless, even beneficial! But what most people fail to realize is that  it’s an excuse to discard all logic and reason. Religion sets a precedent that it’s okay to believe in something without reason or evidence. All it takes is a religious man uttering two magical words, “I believe” and all logic can very well fly out of the window.

A religious fanatic can show up at my house with a gun and say, “I believe that you need to die because you’re an Atheist” and all I can do is stand by silently and wait for the bullet to pierce my skull. “I believe” is the best argument of all time. You cannot engage the speaker of those words in a rational debate or try to negotiate with him. You just have to step back and shut up.

If my gunman example is too dramatic for your taste, allow me to bring to your attention a much more common way through which religion is impeding the progress of man: the interference of religion in matters of science. It’s funny how the creationists love to act like geniuses and try to poke holes in an established scientific fact that is evolution. Would you expect the same kind of fierce questioning if the scientists one day discover that Jesus had only maternal DNA and his conception was, in fact, immaculate? Would you expect a Christian to rise up and say, “Nah, that theory has too many holes in it!” Certainly not! Such opposition is reserved only for the aspect of science which threatens their religious agenda.

I say enough! I’m all in for freedom of belief, which is why I cannot really force people to think the way I do. But it’s imperative that they realize on their own that religion is not a benign force.

Astrology: How Gullible Are You?

I’ll ignore the fact that it effectively lays waste to individuality through unabashed stereotyping…suggesting that one’s destiny is determined by the month he/she exited his/her mother’s uterus.

But even if the concept is true and we are nothing but pawns in the hand of fate, how does that vindicate astrology? Instead of reading a horoscope in the newspaper, why not go read the entrails of a disemboweled donkey? I assure you, the latter has no less evidence of being the real deal than the former.

As long as there have been gullible people, there have been horoscopes. And as long as there have been horoscopes, there have been disciples of rationality conducting double-blind studies to test the validity of astrology. Guess what the results of those studies showed? Astrology is complete balderdash.

Horoscopes employ what is known as the Forer Effect, named after psychologist Bertram R. Forer, who demonstrated the propensity of people to believe that vaguely worded personality “profiles” (which could apply to anybody) were accurate, custom-tailored profiles.

The very idea that the movement of celestial bodies could somehow influence our physiology is ridiculous. Even astrologers know so. But they’re convinced (why wouldn’t they be if their salaries depend on it?) that it works. But studies have revealed the truth to be completely opposite.

Conduct a simple experimental study yourself: Take the predictions of one star (say, Sagittarius), and spread the word to all your gullible friends, telling them that the predictions apply to their stars. If astrology is accurate, then all your friends would have to report that the predictions are wrong (except for the friend who is, in fact, Sagittarius). If they say that the predictions are true, the Forer Effect would be confirmed and astrology falsified.

Stop littering your minds with superstitious nonsense. Embrace rationality for once and see how that tastes.