“You can’t say Merry Christmas because that offends people who aren’t Christian. You can’t say Happy Hanukkah because that offends people who aren’t Jewish. You can’t say Happy Holidays because that offends people who aren’t happy.”
– JP Sears
“That’s not what I meant.”
When I was in 3rd grade we were asked to write a letter to the POTUS. I recently came across this letter and noticed the little edit that my teacher decided to add in red. I don’t know if to be mad at the teacher for trying to force her political views on me, or to thank her for trying to open my eyes at such an early age…
#SameShitDifferentYear #WhenWillItEnd #ThirdGraders4Peace
God speaks to us in mysterious ways, and this time He/She chose to get the message across through polite street graffiti in Jerusalem.
That awkward moment when you’re sitting at a Jerusalem bus stop minding your own business and out of nowhere a religious girl chokes on her drink, spits it all over you, apologizes profusely, and then gives you a blessing. o_0
If you haven’t heard of this yet, TROM is a 13 hour long documentary (yep, 13 hours) that discusses everything from the big bang to the current state of humanity, and everything else in between (religion, education, science, war, health, UFO’s, death… the list goes on and on.) Once you’ve gotten the bigger picture, it focuses on alternative solutions such as the Venus Project. Good stuff, worth a look!
You know those people who wait at airports with signs of people’s names? Someone should totally do that with a “Jesus Christ” sign. Just throwing it out there…
Yesterday, two girls stopped me on the street, pulled out a bible that was all highlighted and underlined, and began to convince me to celebrate Passover because according to the bible, the only way to achieve ‘eternal salvation’ is to drink wine and eat bread on Passover.
Me: Hmmm.. Could you define “eternal salvation” please?
Them: Like.. when you die, you’ll be like.. saved. Eternally!
Me: Wow, that’s interesting.. And all i have to do is eat bread and wine on Passover?
Them: Yeah! Well, not ALL you have to do, but God commands that you do that if you want salvation.
Me: Well, I’m Jewish and we already celebrate Passover so does that mean that i already receive eternal salvation?
Them: Um.. uh.. (i guess they weren’t sure if the “Get Out of Hell Free” card includes Jews)
<fast forward another 10 minutes of BS persuading techniques and witty comebacks>
Them: (exhausted) “Would you be interested in studying the bible with us?”
Me: “Sure! Would you be interested in studying things that aren’t the bible with me?”
Them: (shaking their heads) “We only go by the bible!”
Again they turned to a wonderful quote in their book, something about “anyone adding
to the word of God will be punished with plaques.”
Me: So the reason you don’t want to learn anything else is because you’re afraid God will punish you with a plague?
Them: No… We’re not afraid…god loves us unconditionally… he wants whats best for us!
Me: As long as you do what he tells you?
Them: Um… yea… no.. But.. Ok, well we really gotta go!
Me: OK. But before you go… and I’m not sure what the bible says about this but…Can i give you guys a hug?
I practically watched their brain FRY before my very eyes. One started panicking and said “I cant, sorry”, the other one stumbled a little longer till she found her excuse: “I would but its just really HOT out and sticky and.. you know… OK bye!” and disappeared into oblivion.
Me: (to God) Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do ;)
If only Americans would open their eyes to the possibilities that already exist in other countries. This vid is not only funny, but informative.
Yesterday a man got on the subway and started preaching that he was a messenger for ‘the Creator’ and that we are all doomed. I mumbled under my breath, “But I am the creator”. He turned to me, shocked, and told me I was being blasphemous. In related news, I blasphemously created these t-shirts with a bleach pen.
I love churches. And I love photography. And I love that I got this shot. :)
The point is that if people realized we were all talking about the same thing (just describing it differently) maybe people would also be open to exploring other interpretations than the ones they were taught to believe…
I was inspired to make this video based on a Teal Swan teaching. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!