Thursday, January 14, 2010

131: 1 Kings, Disguised as 2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 2-5
Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah - 2 Chronicles 3:1

Nothing new happens in this section. Solomon builds the temple, furnishes it, and sends the ark to it. I would give you a link to my old post about this section, but I essentially say the same thing there. The bible describing buildings is immensely boring.

We have our daily dose of stupid. This isn't very religious, but the story ended up on a Christian website so it found it's way into my news feed. People are becoming depressed, and reportedly suicidal, after watching the movie Avatar, because they become dissatisfied with reality.

Yes, people loved Pandora (the planet in the movie) so much, that Earth just doesn't do it for them any more. Are you kidding me? These peoples lives must be pretty miserable already if a movie about blue people flying around pushes them over the suicidal edge.

Now, the Christian Posts largely agrees with me, but of course they have a bit of a different take on why these people are sad. Here's what they have to say:
I do think this touches on something deeper, our unique makeup as humans that causes us to long for more than we have here on this earth. It really is a longing for heaven.
Uh, Pandora = Heaven? It seemed like a hippie/Native American wonderland to me, not necessarily my idea of heaven. Now, as usual, the article has to get off subject in an attempt to piss me off (I see no other reason for going off on random tangents):
There is no indication the animal world has similar longings. I seriously don’t think dogs (and especially cats!) think about the meaning of their lives and decry the emptiness of their lives, but humans do.
What? First of all, who's talking about the animal world? There's no reason to bring it up. Second, and more perplexingly, what do they have against cats? Obvious moral here: if you are anti-social (like some cats) then you are less intelligent/don't think about the meaning of life. Because we all know cats are totally stupid and can't be trained.

(via The Christian Post)


  1. Here's a link to the article that the writer is probably referring to:

    I hate it when articles reference other articles on the web and don't include a link. Hyperlink technology is just so hard to grasp, I guess - or maybe people need to be taught that on the web citing your sources via hyperlink is far more useful than a generic handwave like you'd give in a dead tree article (though really, sloppy source citation is irritating in print as much as it is online IMO).

    The article is itself a sloppy piece of reportage - "obsessed fans on a forum devoted to Avatar talk about how much they wish that life was more like Avatar and how depressed it makes them that it isn't". Replace the word "Avatar" with any other fan obsession and you have a thread that can potentially appear on any website devoted to any fandom - Twilight, or Star Trek, or World of Warcraft. It's what obsessed fandoms do - it's why they're obsessed fandoms and not casual fandoms.

    (And seriously - a article that is basically reporting on a forum thread that appears on a fan forum. Someone was seriously up against a deadline for a human interest story earlier this week.)

  2. Interesting posts you have, though I think Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition and perfection through Thelema. Check out my blog at if you will. Love is the law, love under will. ;)

  3. Dolphins are apparently smarter than we thought. Maybe Flipper was just trying to escape the absurdity of his life with tricks and by arresting criminals.



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