August 16th, 2006

Wanaka tree

Provoking Thought

I have no desire to offend anyone. There was a time, when I was the singer in a punk band (well, vocalist would probably be more accurate), wrote very gloomy poetry and didn't attend the classes I perhaps should have done, when offending others wouldn't have bothered me one jot. In fact it was probably the reason I was doing all those things, but times change, we mature and acquire more of a purpose. I still sing in the punk band occasionally, I write less gloomy prose and always turn up for work when I have to, and I have no desire to offend anyone. One part of that last statement is untrue, it's the bit about offending. You see, I still don't mind as long as I don't offend the people I like and love. (And just in case it wasn't put clearly enough, that most definitely includes my LJ friends.)

That paragraph has hopefully laid the groundwork for what is to come. I am not a religious person, in any way. I respect the rights and feelings of others and leave those kinds of choices to them to make for themselves, hoping they will leave me out altogether so that I can toddle along in my happy unburdened, unbelieving way. As long as no-one tries to turn me into something I'm not I will not express my views or interfere or persuade in any way. Fair's fair. I can't criticise something I don't understand and neither can I subscribe to it.

Having said all that, I saw this article by one of my favourite writers on a New Zealand newspaper's website and just thought it was brilliant. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/0,2106,3766116a13796,00.html

It is honest rather than offensive and, best of all, it's funny.