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I get a pretty standard argument that there is some supreme power but I refrain to quip why doesn’t that supreme power light my bulb in load shedding.
“Q: How many true believers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: So, you do believe in electricity, you’re not an atheist after all!”
neo, although you are saying it in jest that is essentially the Bible, the mantra of the believer.
“You say you don’t believe in organized religion, well don’t you believe in atheism?”
No need to point out the flaws in reasoning there!
The logic of the believer is the same as the logic of the screenplay writer who wrote the “god-awful” Bollywood movie “Luck”.
In “Luck”, the hero is a poor loser who gets denied a visa to go to the US three times in a row. He absolutely has to go to raise x crore rupees to save his house from neelami. No need to belabor the point, you’ve seen it before. Well, it turns out that he has killer luck at dice, craps, shooting games etc and so he is recruited by the mob. That is the “logic” of the movie and everyone nods, “that is one lucky guy”
The believer is in the same boat. He or she prays for divine intervention for the small stuff but fails to realize the pitiful situation caused by The Benevolent One.
Well said! It’s a good thing God doesn’t bless the believers with an understanding of irony. :)
This is seriously going to offend people who say “Are you really looking to start an existence Vs. non-existence of God argument? Because you’re not going to get it :P” for not including them in that pie chart.
Funny, thats what they said at the start of the last Diwal! :P
Once you’ve crossed kaalapaani and tasted the forbidden meat you’ve already offended everyone you know in the “home country”. Why bother worrying? :)
Strangely enough, I was accosted by a desi at the door of my local supermarket in Northern Virginia of all places. He wanted me to go to a local temple while I just wanted to get back home to heat my microwave pizza. Whole affair reminded me of a pyramid scheme.
But maybe it was an omen? ;)
Fear not my son, Jesus will save you
Add to the list: Aww, did someone forget to hug you when you were growing up?
Wow, you must have gone through some tough times to hold such dark thoughts.
“She was always such a normal child …”
Add to that, “What? Really?” like they’d never thought that might be possible.
And the best one, “I’ll make you believe,” with a knowing nod and a smug smile at the thought of ‘educating’ me.
Most of the time, people just assume I’m a believer and invoke God’s blessings on me. Sigh.
The thing that attracts me to science is that it works even if you don’t believe in it. :)
Hmm.if I speak it with my best friends, they show me the middle finger and I mistook it that they are asking me to look up at the sky and see God.
But..Most of the time..when I say I dont belive in god…It usually begins an intellectual debate and I end up pitying my chemistry madamm and physics madam
I see a long queue of fathers of nubile young women here
Yes, but not their dads! :)
These are some of the best comments I’ve read in your blog.
God brings out the best in you
They also say, You are so arrogant because you make a lot of money and things worked out for you in your life.
Having this said, I have a niece in Cupertino here who ruined our ( my sis and ours) last years Diwali fun.
Yes – To be humble is to be skeptical about stuff that has overwhelming scientific proof, and to be sure about stuff that has none.
I thought Diwali was about fireworks and loads of food! Where does ‘God’ come in?! :P
The God part is done by the time you wake up for lunch. :)
Neo: By only including ‘what they say’ you do a great disservice to the not inconsiderable numbers, who suddenly wear a puzzled, befuddled look and are totally dumb-founded by the directness of what they have just heard. Or may be that only happens in the UK, you know, “mustn’t grumble” and all that.
Although I have heard one priceless one but this would, in your research design, be have to be amongst prompted options: “What? Oh well, we don’t care either way, but we have got to get our kids into the state-funded Church of England school. Easy for people like you who don’t have such decisions to make… Sigh!”.
I agree with Shefaly. Don’t forget the power of the silent stare, my friend.
Also: “I’ll pray for you! God bless.”
What about Goddesses, Do you atleast believe in them?
hahhaa…. So true, specially the diwali one!!… though haven’t experienced the “green” part of the pie chart!!
Another one, from personal experiences is “Today too??” as if they had prayed that God give me a visit in my dreams and ask me to get ‘converted’
Sid – ROFL. “Today too?” is really funny. It’s like asking “oh, you believe in gravity today, too?”
Where do you find those girls?!
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