Weeks(s) in review

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Now that my Religious Intolerance Week(s) is over, I offer a few points in conclusion I'd like to share…

My original intent was to satirize and send-up intolerance. But my comments ended up being more ignorant that I ever intended, and so I ended up becoming exactly what I was criticizing. Ironic, ain’t it? I am now clearly more experienced in irrational hatred based on ignorance, haha.

Another goal of mine was to undermine the excessive political correctness of our times, which usually masks prejudice and fear under the thin veil of “tolerance”. I think the best way to get along better and to deal with intolerance is to admit it exists and face it head on. Pretending it’s not there is like China saying they don’t have the “homosexuality problem” in their fine country. PLEEZ! Open and honest dialogue is the best way to clear up misconceptions and understand each other better. And it’s also a great opportunity to meet cute and smart guys…

If there's one thing I learned is that you's shouldn't not make too many comments (especially harsh ones) about topics you's wholly, completely and abismally ignorant in.

I’ve also learned NEVER to take on another blogging project that lasts more than like 3 days. Yes, I have commitment issues; sue me.

I'm sorry if I was a bit, well, intolerant in the last weeks. It was an interesting and educational experience. I realized that intolerance is a behavior deeply rooted in fear and ignorance. Sorry if I was less than kind to those who commented; it was part of the whole experience. Germy does appreciate people voicing their opinions, it always makes for good conversations, discussions, debates, etc. And when at least someone walks off with something learned (like I did), well, you always know a good thing has happened. But the next time you contradict me on my blog, you will feel my full wrath!!! (I have your IP's!!!)

I was inspired to start this commentary on religion because I was reading a very religiously themed novel called Life of Pi. It turned out to be a really neat book (yes, in spite of what you said, Pooky). It starts out with a young Indian boy who's family owns a Zoo and how he goes on to embrace Hinduism, Christianity and Islam all at once and his reflections on each of these religions (and zoology, haha). This is the most eloquent and magical part of the book. Then the adventure begins. He becomes shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With a bunch of wild animals on his lifeboat! GEEZ! It's a long and torturous tale of survival and faith. It was quite a thrill to read, but it was exhausting. The details in the journey are so vivid, I can’t begin to imagine the amount of research that must have gone into it. The final section of the book was a wonderful surprise. It is not only completely hilarious, it offers the most heartbreaking moments of the book; it really poses the question of what exactly real faith is. And I love it when a novel concludes its story with a bit ambiguity, leaving you with plenty to discuss and think about. My gringa friend (the one who lent me the book) and I have talked about it over and over again. A real treat, I highly recommend it.


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