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Prov 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  

This proverb is by far the most nonsensical bullshit I’ve read yet. The bible literally just instructed Christians to DISBELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY KNOW TO BE TRUE THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR AND INSTEAD BASE THEIR DECISIONS ON THOSE OF A HIGHER BEING NOT KNOWN TO EXIST

This is bullshit for a number of reasons. First and foremost, everything we do is subjective. Therefore, in our interpretation of “what god wants” we are crafting our own understanding of an objective event and casting our subjective subconscious onto others. Therefore, in attempting to act in line with what god wants, one is simply acting in line with what other, equally subjective people believe god wants as per their own interpretation of words written thousands of years ago. Does that sound in any way logical to you?

Second, since when did my own personal understanding of the world being irrelevant? If god truly did place us on earth, it was for us to live individual lives, not to be cogs in a machine. We live, and therefore experience life as individuals. No one’s opinion is more relevant than our own, so what good would it do to ignore all that life has taught us to go with an option that is completely irrelevant? Oh, life and society and personal morals have taught me that murder is wrong, but the knife that appeared on my counter seems like a sign from god that I should kill that person that mildly annoyed me today so I suppose I should go about doing that then. 

I appreciate religion, but I don’t appreciate deeply religious people that passive aggressively project their personal religious beliefs upon their social media communities with bullshit proverbs like the one above. ARGH

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Lately, it is the family’s sink, with its rotting wall and leaky pipe, that fails to get fixed. For weeks, the pipe drips through the night. Finally, Dasani is fed up. She crouches down and examines the pipe as her siblings watch. “Nobody thought about pushing it in and twisting it,” she says in her cocksure manner. A few quick jerks and she triumphs. The children squeal.

It goes unremarked that here, in this shelter with a $9 million annual budget, operated by an agency with more than 100 times those funds, the plumbing has fallen to an 11-year-old girl.

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Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life by Andrea Elliott. It’s near impossible to choose an excerpt from this important story, every word of which is essential reading today. (via alishalevin)