Ek onthou as kind in my vroeë laerskooljare hoe bang ek was dat ek polio sou kry toe daar ‘n epidemie van die siekte in Suid-Afrika (ook wêreld wyd) uitgebreek het. Van die skoliere wat dood gegaan het van die virus, en dié wat dit oorleef het en in ysters moes leer loop, was ‘n gebeurtenis wat ek nou nog kan herleef. En toe vind Jonas Salk die vaccine (wat is die Afrikaanse woord?) vir polio, en ons is almal ingeënt. Polio is omtrend uitgewis wêreld wyd. Nou kom fuckwits en veklaar dat vaccines alle soorte siektes veroorsaak, soos outisme, en dies meer. Ek wonder of hulle al ‘n kind verloor het deur masels, polio, of ander siektes wat deur inenting voorkom kon word? Die wêreld is vol gevaarlike mense en ek dink die oorsaak van hulle gebuigde denkwyses is geloof.
Dit was ‘n skreiende skande dat Salk nooit ‘n Nobelprys vir sy uitvinding gewen het nie.
Laat die godiote gerus voort ploeter. Hulle sal weldra terughol na weteskaplik gefudeerde medesyne wanneer hulle siek word en die gotte nie hul gesanik aanhoor nie. Skynheiligheid is nou maar eenmaal die godioot se mees prominente eienskap. Vandag neem my laaitie aan Boland streekskampioenskappe deel. Voordat daar met verrigtinge begin word, word daar eers met skriflesing en gebed geopen. Bid jou dit aan – hulle sukkel reeds deesdae om die program met die voorgeskrewe tye te laat klop (niks vreemds dat items 2 uur agter skedule is nie!), maar sal verder tydmors met rituele wat in kerke tuishoort. Onsnaakse klomp hansworse die godiote.
Ja jirre tog. Ek onthou skool goed. Arme god. Ons het elke dag in die oggend gebid. Dan die vlag gehuis en die stem gesing. Party onnies het elke klas met ‘n gebed begin. Voor die laaste klok gelui het het die hoof oor die interkom vir die hele skool gebid. Sport, dieslefde fokken kak. Bid voor die game. Bid nadat ons gewen het. Eenkeer die finaal in die streek se krieket gewen. Dit was alles omdat god dit so wou he. Ek het hulle twee gevaarlikste kolwers uitgevang. Snaaks dat god ‘n jong ongelowige gebruik het om dit te doen. Maar hy werk mos in misteriese wyse.
Ek het eendag by die Voortrekkers opgedaag. Gedink dit gaan lekker wees en ons gaan in die bos kamp en skuilings bou en leer hoe om in die natuur te oorleef. Fok, was ek verkeerd. Jy moes ‘n uniform dra. Die hele fokken tyd was bestee om te leer hoe om te masjeer, die vlag behoorlik te huis, die stem te sing en dan nog meer masjeer. Natuurlik het elke sessie met gebid begin en geeindig. En die fokken poepol onnies het vir ons oor en oor vertel van die slag van bloedrivier. Ek het nie weer ‘n verskyning daar gemaak nie. Ek het in elk geval elke dag in die bos gaan visvang. Ek het vir my arme vriende wat in die voortrekkers gesit het jammer gevoel. Meeste van hulle moes dit doen want hulle ouers en die kerk het dit vereis. Hulle het darem een keer per jaar vir ‘n naweek gaan kamp.
Vandag dink ek oor daardie dae. Ek lees Malherbe se storie hierbo. Lyk my niks het verander nie. Groot mense lewe met hulle spoke waaroor hulle behep is.
Ek sien elke dag op Facebook hoe familie soos neefies en niggies oor en oor die gotte bedank omdat hulle sulke lekker lewens het. Praat asof god ook ‘n facebook blad het en hulle kak lees. As dit nie vir facebook was nie sou ek fokkol van hulle geweet het nie. Daar is niks aangenaam vir my om vriende met fundies te wees nie. Al is hulle goeie mense en of familie. Ek kan oneerlikheid nie verdra nie.
Ja Mac, ek moet erken, dit raak al moeiliker vir my om van my pelle se gotte sonder irritasie te hanteer. Ek hou deesdae meer gereeld my bek (moeg redeneer oor goed wat in n kindertuib tuishoort.), maar dit laat my soms skynheilig voel….en ek verafsku skeinheiligheid.
Ek het tot dieselfde gevolgtrekking gekom en vermy sulke mense maar eerder. Soos Savage se, die mense is maar tropdiere en as jy nie wil inval nie is jy ‘n bedreiging. Ek loop reguit prokureur toe as dweepervroue my naam wil probeer swartmaak. Die vroue is beslis die ergste – maar dit was maar altyd so.
En as iemand met my begin – gewoonlik ‘n vrou – met, “I’m a believer/born again Christian, you know,” (altyd daai, “you know”) dan is my antwoord dadelik, “So what does your imaginary god have to do with the conversation?” They are being aggressive and they know it.
No delphiniums to be found. But I got some plants that flower in lilac and blue and white, with a couple of cacti for contrast.
Blue is not as exciting as red, but the whole front garden is already dressed in Julius Malema’s colours. The combination of lilac, blue and white with medium size green/ochre cactus is interesting. This is for the large fountain bed which I drained of water long ago because fountains are extremely silly in north Natal. They just attract mosquitoes in summer and look even sillier in winter when it’s naturally dry. But they can be interesting when drained with their big “standbeelde”.
You mustn’t think I don’t like Boere. I like Boere, they are hardworking and most of them are very honest. Die boere wat nou regtig boer. Wat hulle gatte afwerk om iets uit die grond te pers. Ek is dankbaar vir boere. Boerevrouens ook. Hulle is ordentelik.
Maar nie vir lui ,dweeper vroue wat sit en wag vir hulle pilletjies vir “depression” wat afgelaai moet word deur die apteker se swart bode nie. Jislaaik, dis ‘n skande. En dan wil daai goed by my kom kak soek. Dis vieslike goed, daai.
To be fair, die meeste van die straat is eintlik baie ordentelik.
Ou Zumpie werk toe ook mooitjies 3 vd grootste kerkdenominasies in sy begrotingsrede in. Selfs die Metodiste kerk se hoofindoena word bygesleep. Maklike “voting fodder” vir oom JZ. En die kerke speel saam – nes hulle met die destydse NP regering saamgestem het. Skynheilige werfhoenders hierdie godiote. Geen ruggraat en nog minder integriteit.
Godiote, slinger oor-en-oor dieselfde ou argumente. Op Politicsweb het ngodioot – ene “Dean Young” – alles nou weer kom besmet my sy imagenary friend.
Hoeveel keer het mens nie al die argument gehoor dat die oorloe en menseslagting van die 20ste eeu deur Darwin, sekularisme (skeiding tussen kerk en staat) en wegbeweeg van God veroorsaak was. Vir iemand met n politieke agtergrond is dit n lagwekkende argument. Godiote blameer die historiese materialisme (Marxisme in die studieveld van Internasionale Politiek) terwyl die oorsaak van die vele oorloe ook te doen het met aspekte soos nasionalisme en ekonomiese onstabiliteit terwyl die Konings en “emperors” hulle moer gesien het.
Die godiote beweer dat evolusie die Marxisme en Nazis beinvloed het terwyl dit baie meer ingewikkeld is. Godiote bly natuurlik tjoepstil oor die slagtings deur die eeue, om maar net die Moslem “invations” in Noord-Afrika as n voorbeeld te noem.
I honestly feel sorry for godiots. Honestly. They have contracted a virus of the mind that they find impossible to shake off – mainly because they are addicted. The virus infests in the one’s hard drive (brain) in a similar way that a virus infest a PC.
Try the following on the next godiot that attempts to convert you: Express your feeling of empathy to them. Be sure to not to sound sarcastic, i.e. be geniune. React in the same manner as you would when you hear of someone suffering from cancer. (Ignore the fact that godiotism is a self inflicted condition.)
Mallies, I feel pity for godiots the same way I feel pity for all bullies. The fact that these people are personality disordered is no excuse for their behaviour which should never be tolerated.
A very common form of bullying that is totally overlooked is religious bullying in old age homes. My mother in law eventually had no choice but to move into the German Old Age Home in Auckland Park. At the ripe old age of 89, she was subjected to continual humiliation by Lutheran religious maniacs who insisted against her will that she attend daily prayer meetings.These were not oldsters, these were much younger Lutherans threatening these old people with hellfire and damnation. Consumed with evangelical fire, they made her life such hell that she stayed in her room, only venturing out for meals before quickly beating a hasty retreat. They even tried to threaten her in her suite. She had to lock the door on them. In retaliation, they made snide remarks about the “lost soul” and badmouthed her at every opportunity.
Reason I found out about this is that I half-jokingly threatened my retired German husband with this German old age home if he didn’t cool it. But then I saw a photo on this home’s website of a prayer meeting with these old ducks in their wigs, dressed up to look respectable, lined up in rows of cane chairs, with a preacher facing them and a smirking, fat-gutted sixty something guy seated in breeches with a Bible in his hand, beaming in the direction of the preacher. He looked a lot like my arsehole Lutheran neighbour. That’s MAJOR arsehole league.
My mother in law died within less than a year of living in that hell hole. I would rather try to set out a bushfire with my eyeballs than set foot anywhere near the German Old Age Home in Auckland Park. A bullet to the brain would be far kinder.
…”The virus infests in the one’s hard drive (brain) in a similar way that a virus infests a PC”….
You have said on more than one occasion that you love your children and give them a fair amount of freedom to be themselves, which is to be admired.
What you are doing will prevent any virus from infesting any of your kids’ brains.
Here below is an example of how a brain virus does just that, if kids are not loved and just allowed to be. Btw, shouldn’t any kind of “baaaible” rather have chapters like this below. How much of a better place would the world be then?
Suicide and Success
There have been a number of people who have committed suicide who seemed at the pinnacle of success. So what is going on? And most of us thought that once we choose a profession and follow it and succeed at it, becoming an expert and well known, that would be fulfilling. We would feel like a success. Wrong. When we have deep-rooted lack of love, rejection, indifference and missing touch early in our lives we cannot feel like a success.
Usually because success and fame are ephemeral notions not part of our systems. Success is not a feeling, loved is. Fame is other people’s idea of success; it is in a way their feeling……admiration, humbling, important, etc. And why does the person, even most accomplished, never feel satisfied nor fulfilled? Because all of his fulfilment and all of his admiration is symbolic; it is not the love he needed early on. It covers it over, sits on top of the real need and leaves an emotional vacuum in its place. It is the imprinted pain that cannot be erased no matter what kind of success is there. And it drives him for more and more. Finally at the top of his fame he feels still unfulfilled and a failure; there is nothing more to gain, nothing more to try for. He looks at all his billboards and feels empty. What does it mean? “I don’t know what else to do to feel good. It seems that life is empty. There is no point; suicidal thoughts thrust their way in. The pain that drove it all is still alive and gnawing inside. It says, sotto voice, you are not loved and that is all that matters. You have failed at what matters most; to be adored, admired, encouraged, held and caressed. That is the malaise that speaks of something missing. “All your drive was to try to feel loved, and you are, but not by the people who really matter.” To be loved early on, is what sets the stage for your life; it makes you feel confident but not driven. It offers daring and enthusiasm and a joie de vivre. It allows you to try but never in desperation.
Symbolic love has to be repeated over and over exactly because it cannot fulfil. Why not? Because it sits on the painful imprint of no love; that imprint has only one goal in life; to be relived exactly as it was laid down. It will NEVER leave until it is lived again, fully, in its original context. It cannot. Its goal is a constant warning of unfinished business. The pain from very early on has to be felt and dealt with in all its agony. Yes, there is agony from deep, deep pain that was transformed into an imprint that becomes a primordial part of us. It now confuses us, distracts us, and above all, stops our concentration. Oh yes; it depresses us because we live with an enemy in the house that we cannot shake off. It lives with us and in us; it claws for its liberation; it wants freedom to live the pain, believe it or not. Yet we do what we can to stop it. No wonder most psychotherapy is aimed at repression, rationales, understanding but never deep feeling. They get a bit of relief which the patient settles for; but no cure. So what does the successful person feel? Very little: Down, unhappy and unfulfilled. He has to with no other choice because those feelings will not leave even for mercy’s sake. The imprint knows no mercy. It wants conscious awareness somewhere inside even while the top cortical level does what it can to imprison it. Conscious awareness means deep feeling plus ultimate understanding of what it is. Enough rearranging of the chairs on the Titanic. We must replace things to be healthy’ we must join feelings with their thoughts and make ourselves whole. Fame won’t do that; I have treated enough Stars to know that, and my patients also know it. There is no substitute for extirpating the imprint. None. Leaving the imprint and you are leaving misery there.
So let’s go over this again. When there is a basic lack of fulfilment early life, gestation and birth and infancy, There is an imprint of lack of fulfilment. That stays and is embedded deep in the brain, almost inaccessible. But the feeling is imperceptibly accessible: feeling unfulfilled. And we drag it and it drags us into the race for fulfilment. It has be symbolic because once embedded and out of reach we will fill ourselves with substitutes; symbols. We cannot know the real lack and what it is. That is why the system insists on reliving later in life. It understands real integration and liberation. And it finally stops the terrible drive to feel like a success. That is different from being successful. That is the drive to do things right. A little more relaxing.
Sure Fanie, my children are brought up with a lot of freedom and love. However, i think you are naieve if you think that this is enough to protect them from the religion virus. They are confronted on a daily basis by levels of peer pressure and indoctrination that i have little control over. Some time ago, a teacher told my son that “evolution is from the devil. “When my son stated that evolusion is a fact, one of his friends jumped up pointing a finger and stating,”sir, he is an atheist.”
Now Fanie, i dont care how much freedom and love you are brought up with; it takes a very unique 11year old not to be effected by an insident as described above. The following day he came home and asked me what was an anti-christ because this is what the kids call him.
My point is this – We live in a country where religion is so ingrained in our everyday lives; so entrenched in our culture, that we often lose perspective of the degree to which it affects our daily lives. Even today after 20 years of non-belief i almost automatically bow my head to pray when a plate of food is placed in front of me. Some skeleton of the virus is still present in me. But at least the bugger is dead and my firewall up. Dawkins talks about a “bullshit detector” – i try to teach my children to develop their own bullshit detector and to apply it to everyone – even their dad. In other words: Question everything and everyone.
What kind of school is this? What is your child doing at this school? If this is what South African children are forced to put up with, would it not be better to send him to a boarding school outside of South Africa?
You mean well, but sending any kid to a boarding school, is one of the worst things you can do to a child. You are sending him away from the love and protection that he (should) enjoy at home, having someone to express his vulnerability and all other feelings to, to cry to someone who just listens and loves him. Boarding schools have fucked many kids up wholesale over the eons, unless it is a school like Summerhill where kids actually heal from the neglect and abuse of parents.
I mean the godiots at a boarding school will now have total control over your kids where they are far away and can’t cry to mom and dad. How much worse if the kid is sent away outside of South Africa? Eish Schmoly !?
I know it’s horrible, the way religion is fucking with the kids’ feelings and mind in general. It must be very worrying for you as a parent. I can only wish you strength and courage.
I decided not to have any kids myself when I was only a teenager, having seen, by that time, the total insanity (heavy neurosis) amongst people, especially the godiots. I feel it was my responsibility to an unborn child, because I knew then that I would have fucked them up badly.
However today, I know I could make a much better dad than over fifty years ago, but now I am just an old ballie. I have helped to protect a number of children from the craziness of their parents though, something I feel very good about.
It could be an option to change schools at the end of the year if this is possible AND you could be reasonably sure you will have better results. On the other hand you cannot openly go around calling yourself an atheist in this country. BUT: there are many others like you, going along with the pretense, so you are not alone.
If someone comes across as very religious and wants you to know all about it, you can be sure they have done something terrible in their lives and may still be doing this terrible thing. They might be cat murderers or child molesters, forced to act out their terrible compulsions. Or they may be tempted to commit fraud in the knowledge that nobody’s perfect and Jesus will forgive them. You might be able to do the public a good service and catch them out in whatever they are doing.
Fanie, not all boarding schools are horrible, and many parents have no option other than to send their children to boarding school. Think of people working in the civil engineering and construction industry who are forced to work in the boondocks. In the old days they would take their wives with them with the children at boarding school. These days the wives also have well paying jobs so many not be keen to relocate to the sticks to sit on their hands all day. Work in the construction industry is not always to be relied upon. These women have full time maids but still have to drop everything at work if one of the children has a serious problem, so it’s not easy, but still easier than having to move wholesale to the sticks with the children at boarding school.
The Pope, being a complete arsehole. Again.
The feud between Pope Francis and Donald Trump that erupted Thursday could not involve two more polar opposites.
Trump’s name is synonymous with billions of dollars. Pope Francis chose to be named after the patron saint of the poor, Francis of Assisi. On the campaign trail, Trump routinely touts his experience with wealth. On his six-day trip to Mexico, Francis visited traditionally peripheral dioceses, including some of the country’s poorest and most dangerous areas.
But both men have an uncanny knack for getting their message out.
Pope Francis has weighed into American politics before—he has brought up climate change and the death penalty in his historic speech to Congress in September—but never before have his remarks been so blunt, delivered in such a pointed way at such a crucial time: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said in response to a direct question on the papal plane back from Mexico about Trump’s plans to deport undocumented immigrants and to build a border wall. “This is not in the Gospel.”
Pope Francis went even farther. Asked about Trump’s accusation last week that Mexico was using Pope Francis as a political pawn, Francis replied, “Aristotle defined human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So at least I am human person.” Pope Francis stopped short of answering whether or not American Catholics should vote for someone with Trump’s views. “I am not going to get involved in that,” he said. “I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.”
Pope Francis was not just saying Trump is wrong, he was questioning his ethical core. Trump shot back within minutes of the news, calling Pope Francis “disgraceful.” He said he was “proud to be a Christian,” and said that he “will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.” Essentially, Trump called the most popular Christian leader in the world someone who undermines true faith.
The real estate mogul also positioned himself as Christianity’s ultimate defender. “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened,” he said. He added that his opponents “are using the Pope as a pawn” for their policies. “They should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.”
Pope Francis’ words inject sharp focus about immigration into the presidential campaign, but his critique is larger than Trump. The pope called out any politician who aims to build walls not bridges, which would implicate other GOP presidential candidates such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. His words force all the candidates, especially Republicans, to take note of his broader perspective on immigration.
That is especially noteworthy since Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are Catholic, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich was raised Catholic and even considered becoming a priest. Ben Carson and Cruz are evangelical, and are also trying to position themselves as the candidate Christians should support.
Political jockeying over Pope Francis has been going on since early last year, as politicians tried to predict how he would behave in the U.S. The Pope’s focus on issues like poverty, immigration, and climate change has rattled many Republicans, who are used to counting on Catholic support primarily for issues like abortion and marriage. Democrats have seen in Pope Francis a new ally, and the Obama administration has made building alliances with the Vatican a priority, most dramatically seen in the Cuba/U.S. detente which Pope Francis helped to broker
Bold as they are, the Pope’s comments come as no surprise. Pope Francis has made migrants a focus of his care since his first visit as pontiff to the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, where he prayed for the hundreds who die trying to cross into Europe.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis made his priorities about migration clear again in his border mass in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico across the border from El Paso, Texas. The symbolism was hard to miss—he walked to a cross between two crowds, one American, one Mexican, separated by the border, and he blessed both sides while pausing to pray.
His immigration concerns go far beyond just the U.S. border issues—there is a global humanitarian crisis due to violence and poverty, he reminded his listeners, and migrants must not be reduced to statistics. He urged the faithful to see migrants as brothers and sisters. “Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts,” Francis preached. “No more death! No more exploitation! There is still time to change, there is still a way out and a chance, time to implore the mercy of God.”