Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter - Why Am I Even Mentioning It?

In a few hours, Easter will be celebrated once again by the world's Christians.

This year marks my first Easter when I will not be attending church; it's the first time I've had to look at my calendar to see when it was, or be reminded of the festivities by the signs spread across my campus alerting worshippers to service times and by the chocolate eggs and bunnies sprawled upon the dresser of my nominally Catholic roommate.

I belong to a freethinkers' group and tonight they arranged a showing of "The God Who Wasn't There", and neither was I.

If I am trying to find a new way to (not) celebrate Easter, am I still not celebrating it?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes, if you are looking for ways to NOT celebrate, you are celebrating it.
Albeit, it shows that your supposed atheism is more to do with an anger against God or your previous religion/beliefs and/or yourself than to do with with strict rationalism

Ketan said...

Hi!

I'd just like to point out that there's nothing wrong with noticing that Easter would be celebrated. It must be such a huge phenomenon in your country, so there's no need to actively overlook it. Just look at its celebration as something that people do. Imagine, how lucky you are, you could eat chocolates (if it's indeed one of the issues) with as much gaiety on any 365 days of the year, today being no different! You don't need occasions to celebrate your life. And most important, there's no such thing as active overlooking.

Happy Easter!

TC.

Anonymous said...

Nothing can separate you from the love of God.

Teleprompter said...

Anonymous,

Will you ever be satisfied?

If I wrote a post about celebrating Easter, you would probably criticize me for being a shallow atheist. If I wrote a post about not celebrating it, you would probably criticize me for being a shallow atheist.

This is why I wrote the post! :D

The non-believers can't win sometimes, can they?

Ketan,

Thanks for the encouragement!

Anonymous,

That sentence is meaningless to me. What is "God"?

Ketan said...
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Ketan said...

You're welcome, teleprompter. The trick's to not think of anything related to celebrations (especially, chocolates if you like them thaaaat much ;) ) as out of bounds. I've not been celebrating any of the religious festivals with any religious spirit, but don't say "no" to sweets.

Please don't talk of lose and winning in this matter. It's important enough that you've won over your delusions, doubts and vulnerabilities of the mind. If others fail to recognize the truth in one lifetime they have, it's their loss. Anyway, I've spruced up my blog a bit, and made a very short personal blog entry; your comments and own ideas would be welcome. If it's not very personal, may I ask you what's your age and what are you doing academically? You could mail me at panchalkc@yahoo.co.in

@anonymous, God's angels never seemed so desperate as today. Anyhow, enjoy your Easter, and don't waste time over stupid atheists who don't undertand a thing about how to enjoy their lives.

TC, both of you.

Teleprompter said...

Ketan,

The reference to "winning/losing" was a figure of speech. It's sort of American slang, if you will.

I didn't mean it literally.

Also, are you calling me stupid? :P

That's not nice at all...probably not accurate, either.

Ketan said...

Oh yes, the linguistic barrier would always remain. And, I'm bad at English slangs used even in India :( If it's any consolation, I'm at least as much stupid as you. The problem is intellectually gifted angels of God have to be spoon-fed. So, "stupid atheists" was to put things in perspective for such angels.

I'm afraid, I don't want to upset you. So, even at the cost of killing the fun, I was being sarcastic when I said "stupid atheists". TC.

Teleprompter said...

Ketan,

Don't worry about it. I am not easily upset.

I guessed that you were being sarcastic, but I wanted to double-check.

There are a lot of slang expressions about winning/losing, such as "you just can't win", or "ftw", which means "for the win", etc.

I will try to be more articulate.

Steve Martin said...

That's ok.

It doesn't depend on you...or me.

It just is.