Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Guest Post: Fang

In a continuation of the guest posts, this time we have an offering from Fang. He started out with one idea, but in the course of writing, changed subjects. Kind of. Either way it's still a good read. Plus he linked to himself in the post, so I don't have to link to him. Enjoy!
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'Sup guys, Fang reporting in for a guest post. Some of you know me, some of you don't. I'm the one dude who has a blog and posts stuff on it. Also, I sometimes do guest posts. Since Mark asked if anyone wanted to write a guest post, and he's a real bro, I figured "why the hell not".

I intended on talking about the lost meanings of religion and religious works such as the Bible, but that's kind of a tough nut to crack since it isn't extremely broad and hard to come up with really solid examples. So instead, I'll be discussing the similarities between belief systems, and why they seem so familiar at times.
Yeah, I said "belief systems" because I won't be solely talking about religion, but also beliefs and theories in general.

So what's the deal with religions and belief systems anyway? To sum it all up, someone (or a group of people) had an opinion, idea or experience, which others found either interesting and of value or just plain bullshit. The people who believed the guy sticked with him, together they (or a single individual) worked out their beliefs (and often wrote them down), and started trying to gain more massive a following.
For example, this one guy encountered a tiger, but the tiger just nodded at him and then left, instead of violently attacking. Upon returning home, the guy told the others what happened. They figured, "oh the tiger must want to help us, we should worship it" and so they worshipped the tiger. They took up habits of praying to the tiger or refraining from doing things that may insult it, and all these little rules and theories and stuff created a legit-seeming system.

What's my point here again? I'm not exactly sure myself either.
Ah yes. Somewhere on the other side of the globe, some other tribe had a similar experience with a lion. The same thing happened, but instead with different habits and whatnot.
After ages of those people sticking to their beliefs, having faith in it, the two groups came into contact with each other. Sure, cool, but "why the hell do you urinate against a tree? That's disrespectful for the tiger!" "Hell no, it shows the lion you want to take part in its creation!"

My point here is not that both tribes are really damn stupid, but rather that despite them having different rules and beliefs, there's still a similarity between them: they worship something, and it should be respected. This is the core of truth in both of them, because they are still thankful that one guy didn't get eaten.

…Okay, to be honest, that was a bit of a shitty example, but hey, I can go and explain it in a more abstract manner now.

With all these beliefs people have nowadays, there's bound to be a lot of conflict. But if we just stop yelling for a second, and take a closer look at the roots of our beliefs, we'll see they have a lot in common, and usually it's safe to say there's a common core of truth in there.
Whilst you shouldn't take everything for granted and truth right away, if you happen to find something in the Koran that's very similar in deep meaning to something the Bible says, there's a decent chance they are trying to get the same message across.

Hell, I can't help but feel I'm deviating from my original point, or not making a proper point at all. So let's just end it with this, shall we?
Be open-minded. Don't stay strong to your beliefs, wether it's what the Bible says, what some forum at the edge of the internet says, or science. There's always a rather big chance it isn't correct in some aspect, and another belief system may hold the true answer. Step out of your place as "theist" "atheist" or "scientist" for a while and take an objective look at thing. See them for what they are, look at what little truths they share.

Be open to new possibilities you may have never held for true. You might just've been holding onto the "wrong" end your entire life.
~ Fang
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And also has a nice treat to him for doing this, and also to Mai actually, and everyone else who likes it, a supreme close up of my eye. Turns out I made a mistake and got the eye parts wrong, the ring is around my pupil, but hey there's a black ring around the iris. 



I don't have an amazeballs camera but the ring is visible in this at least. Like I said my eyes aren't as bright as they used to be, the green was a lot more noticeable before.

34 comments:

  1. As a reader of military history, religion was the main reason for conflict and in some ways still is but now it's about greed with religion as an excuse....good post Fang.

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    1. Religion was a motivation indeed, and now has descended to being an excuse. As much as I have a belief system, I'm still not fond of organised religion.

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  2. You make me look like an attention-whore by specifically stating I linked to myself already. ;D

    Also the photo quality on that one is shit, I am not content. Buy a real-deal expensive-ass camera.
    Also, looks like it's a bit of a mustard-ish slurry in your iris. Cool!

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    1. I have two cameras, my phone and my webcam, and that was annoying enough to take with my webcam as it is (the higher resolution one) I am not buying a good camera just to take a picture of my eyes. I don't find the thought of a mustard-ish slurry in my eyes is cool, it's not as cool as a ring of fire. Oh and the linking to yourself wasn't attentiony, I'd have done it anyway and you saved me the trouble of doing it :)

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    2. Ring of fire is just as accurate. It really just depends on how you look at it.
      Turn that frown upside-down and turn that mustard into fire again! ;D

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  3. We can't agree on anything anymore because we've gotten rid of the idea of absolutes and I think this was a mistake. Also our educational systems are so poor now, that we don't engage in critical thinking and we react with pure emotion and this gets us all into trouble.

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  4. I'd never heard of Fang before but I think I like him a lot. Definitely going to follow him now.

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  5. Really interesting guest post. I enjoyed it.

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  6. I wonder who this Fang is. I don't think I like that guy very much, he must be a huge douchebag. He's also totally not sitting next to me right now or anything. :'DDD. Way to go Fang, you did well.

    @Mark: Your eyes are awesome, a lot more interesting than my boring brown ones.

    Also, you are now officially the Mark "Fang and I know from Britland." x'DDD.

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    1. Oh the injokes.
      Niek is sitting next to me and he's like this huge douchebag fucker and can't shut his face ):</3

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    2. He's a serious douchebag. If I was sat next to him I'd punch him in the arm, then in his pretty face. Brown eyes have their charm too :) Fang shut his face for him, or get Levy to do it for you. I'm happy with being the guy from Britland.

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    3. Ahahahaha as if. Everytime we try to shut that guy's face he just comes back stronger than ever. x'DD. But it's okay, apart from that he's a pretty nice guy, I guess. Yeah, Britland owns ass, doesn't it? Oh sorry - arse. ;).

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    4. I usually say ass myself don't worry about it.

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  7. Interesting point. I like to think I haven't made any assumptions on what's really right when it comes to religion. I just tend to go with what makes the most sense.

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  8. Well said.

    -Barb the French Bean

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  9. Sorry sorry to go way off left field. But you do realize that "What's my point here again? I'm not exactly sure myself either." is almost the exact title of Ellen DeGenereis's smash autobio in the 90s. Yes, I'm pathetic. Please ignore me.

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  10. I like the golden rule, most religions have there own version of it!

    (wow! thats a creepy picture of your eye!)

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  11. Bersercules beat me to it, but yeah, the golden rule does seem to be the core of most belief systems - i.e., "be nice, and not a flaming douchecopter." The fundamentalists then proceed to fail massively.

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  12. my eye is prettier, just saying.

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  13. Fang, I like your moral: be open-minded, but I don't agree with "don't stay strong to your beliefs". One of us ('us' as in different people with different beliefs) might be right. To just throw up your hands and say, "We're ALL right!!" is spinelessly 'liberal' and, in its way, just as disgusting as stubborn dogmatism.

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    1. I didn't intend to make it sound like that, but meant something along the lines of "don't hold them too tight, leave room for change" etc etc.

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  14. I thought that picture of your eye was a fisheye for a moment. ._.

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  15. there's no doubt about the fact that there are a lot of similarities between Christanity/Islam/Judaism. I like the whole be open-minded I couldn't agree more! instead of focusing on the differences, focus on what unites us, no? I have my beliefs but I respect each and everyone who doesn't believe in the same thing!

    nic eyes btw! :)

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  16. Interesting post by Fang. I often wonder about these mysteries of the universe, and how one may come to the truth. But that's a lot of work, so it's good when someone like Fang puts forth an explanation for some of these mysteries, so I don't have to. Nice job.

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  17. Although I was brought up as a Catholic, over the years I have changed to Wiccan. I believe in a Higher Power, and that power is Nature. There is nothing as strong as it.

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  18. very interesting read...religion has been used as an excuse for lots of bad things, but then state atheism doesn't really fair any better.
    I think, for what ever reason, we're designed to believe in something...and a shared set of values brings a society together. As for the existence of god I guess we're all really agnostic until our last day...

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  19. Not a big fan of religion or belief, but I won't deny it as long as it has been proven.

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  20. your eye looks like planet earth...

    anyway...

    You are tagged in this "Get to Know Me" blog. ^_^

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  21. I'm not really sure what to say about this post

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  22. I see the ring. Interesting!

    Mine are plain old brown.

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  23. I kinda understood what you where talking about. Interesting post!

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  24. HEHE another eye picture!!! :D i think they are deep set??? LOL

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    1. I don't know if they're deep set, or if I'm just that tired.

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