Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alienate Much?

I am usually motivated by a positive mindset, but some days you can't help but be fueled by bullets of rage. It's OK every once in awhile. Sometimes it's what it takes to set change in motion. And sometimes it's just what it is. There are just two things on my angry little mind, but here they are.

1) What is it about merging lanes that makes the average person turn into a full-tilt fuckwad? Wait your turn people, it's not that hard. ARG.

2) I've got a very special bullseye for you today, Catholic church. Let me first make clear that religion is very, very personal. What people believe is none of my business, just as my spiritual life is not up for grabs. Many people I love are practicing Catholics, and I've got no beef with the Catholic faith in general. But the institution really has to go. Really guys? Really?

If the latest--and clearly unbiased--study commissioned by the Bishops of the U.S. is to be believed, the abuse of thousands and thousands of innocent people and its subsequent cover-up is basically none of the church's fault. It was the tiiimes, man. I can't decide what part of it hurts my soul the most. Maybe having the nerve to harp on the definition of the word pedophile as to whether that's an accurate term? Like that's the real problem here, or even makes a difference? Unconscionable doesn't even begin to cover it.

I feel sorry for the truly faithful who are losing their beloved parishes due to the big C's slow fade-out, it's not their fault that the people in charge have a spectacularly messed up idea of what it means to lead a flock. But I also don't understand how people just accept it. It's not like the Vatican's abuse of power in any sense is a new thing. How many times to you have to be devalued and punched in the kidneys and fed a line of hate before you stop going back and handing over your money? Honestly, how has it survived for this long? My hunch is that the ice is mighty thin, and the Vatican's about to get a shockingly cold dunking courtesy of its fed-up masses. At the very least, they'll fail to hang on to the next generation.

In conclusion, the entire elitist, papal system can go eat a bag of diseased animal wangs and die. If there's a hell and I end up going there for saying that, I'm comforted by the thought that I'll see them all there. EYEBALL LASERBEAMS.

You know what would really help to channel this mindset? A good, hard run. I haven't run in so long. I think it's time to start again.

When I used to run a lot I had this song in my ipod and every time it came on it would get me so pumped it increased my productivity by 40%, at least. The beat is great for steady hill work. Also, that reminds me, if you haven't seen Rize just do it already.


  1. How I hate merge lanes and the behaviors that result. Have you ever read the book "Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" by Tom Vanderbilt? If not, you should. He talks about merging, road rage, and many other things. I really enjoyed reading this book. If you read the Amazon listing/review see the Q & A and what he says about merging, and late mergers, etc. In fact, for a long time, I've had a lot to say (maybe even a rant?) about merging and driving that could be a great conversation or just a snippy blog post one day. And this isn't from his book, but I, personally, really do think that the way people drive really reflects a lot of larger things.

  2. I lost all respect for the Catholic church (not that there was much to lose) when I found out that they consider me a sinner for trying IVF. They can fuck right off.