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Anonymous asked: If I may ask, what are you religious views, if any?

thefrogman:

I grew up Catholic.

Baptism.

Taught by nuns in elementary school.

I stood. I sat. I knelt. I sang songs out of tune. I knelt some more. I yawned.

Sister Cathy yelled at me for eating a crayon.

First communion. Jesus crackers. Jesus wine.

First confession. “I stole my brother’s Legos and then lied to my mom about stealing his Legos and then he punched me. I’m hoping he confesses to you about the punching thing cuz that really hurt.”

Don’t forget to kneel.

Confirmation!

High school church youth group.

I read the bible. I was probably supposed to do this earlier.

The beginning bits seemed harsh. I liked Jesus quite a bit, but his stories never seemed to fit with the ones that surrounded them.

Questions arose.

Did they put animals that can swim on the boat? I mean, could you just leave the ducks off the ark to save space? Maybe they could swim along side and you just toss them bread. 

Why did he free Moses and make them wander around for so long? Haven’t they been through enough? 

(To Father Steve) Technically a whale can’t ingest a human. Jonah would have got caught in its throat and they both would have died.

*angry priest face*

So are you saying that God made a bet with Satan to see how much shit Job would put up with? That doesn’t seem very ethical for a deity. 

*angrier priest face*

Then I started learning about the politics of religion and more important questions arose. 

What’s wrong with being gay? That passage is in the same book that says slavery is totally fine. 

What’s wrong with contraception? People are dying of diseases that you could have prevented if your missionaries gave out condoms instead of bibles. 

And finally…

Why am I sick?…….. How is this someone’s plan for me? 

My views became very “if any.”

That world made no sense to me. I started working things out on my own and solving my problems without asking for His help. Those beliefs held me back. They held me back because they were not my beliefs. They were given to me by others and I went along with it. 

I don’t begrudge anyone with faith. I can’t say if they are wrong or right. I think faith helps a great deal of people. I still consider Father Steve my greatest mentor and one of the kindest (and most patient) individuals I’ve ever known.

I know a lot of people seek answers of creation and life after death, but I don’t think about that much anymore. I don’t really care. My mind has filled up with so many curiosities that may actually have an answer. Answers I can grasp and understand. Trying to know the unknown seems futile to me. 

I just want to live the best life I can. I wish to be a good person because it is the right thing to do and not because I fear a fiery pit. I’m better at being a good person now, more-so than when I believed. 

Not believing works best for me. Results may vary.

natvarmac:

datunofficialdisneyprincess:

theassofremylebeau:

Best lesson from a Disney movie

This is an underrated movie

This is a grossly underrated movie.

its bc they black

svveden:

the original video got taken down but somebody reuploaded it and i’m so glad they did

videntefernandez:

sixpenceee:

austni:

coolscar:

ok followers lets write a story. ill start: a young man stands in his bedroom

jackin it

he hears a knock on his door

It’s the police.

telling him that his parents died

howstuffworks:

In memoriam: Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955. E=mc². The theory of relativity. An understanding of the speed of light. The idea that led to the completion of the atomic bomb. All of this came from one man’s brain. Read on to learn How Einstein’s Brain Worked. 

(Image: Einstein accepting U.S. citizenship certificate from judge Phillip Forman, 1940.)

howstuffworks:

In memoriam: Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955. E=mc². The theory of relativity. An understanding of the speed of light. The idea that led to the completion of the atomic bomb. All of this came from one man’s brain. Read on to learn How Einstein’s Brain Worked

(Image: Einstein accepting U.S. citizenship certificate from judge Phillip Forman, 1940.)

chauvinistsushi:

peaceloveeva:

littlecrythings:

*AGGRESSIVELY LIVES*

*SUCCESSFULLY DIES*

Makes me laugh every time

chauvinistsushi:

peaceloveeva:

littlecrythings:

*AGGRESSIVELY LIVES*

*SUCCESSFULLY DIES*

Makes me laugh every time

pbstv:

Troops of macaques known as snow monkeys have convened in Japan’s Jigokudani for some 50 years to warm up in specially-constructed hot springs.
Preview “Snow Monkeys” on Nature, coming Wednesday, April 23 at 8/7c.

pbstv:

Troops of macaques known as snow monkeys have convened in Japan’s Jigokudani for some 50 years to warm up in specially-constructed hot springs.

Preview “Snow Monkeys” on Nature, coming Wednesday, April 23 at 8/7c.

spacewatching:

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 35 commander, shows the six Easter eggs he packed for his six-man International Space Station crew in a photo posted to Twitter on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

spacewatching:

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 35 commander, shows the six Easter eggs he packed for his six-man International Space Station crew in a photo posted to Twitter on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

newsweek:

Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. 

Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms. 

Svidensky, a photographer and travel writer, shot five boys learning the skill - and he also photographed Ashol-Pan. 

"To see her with the eagle was amazing," he recalls. She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it." 

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

newsweek:

Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles.

Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms.

Svidensky, a photographer and travel writer, shot five boys learning the skill - and he also photographed Ashol-Pan.

"To see her with the eagle was amazing," he recalls. She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it."

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia