Daily Archives: October 29, 2013

Facebook is No Place for Kids

[Originally posted 12 Oct 2012 on Curiously Clever]

amanda-todd There is no God, there is no Devil. Angels don’t watch over us nor do demons thwart us. The only true evil in this world comes from people. In the hands of the unhappy and the cruel, Facebook is a weapon.

Bullied Canadian teen leaves behind chilling YouTube video. Amanda Todd was fifteen when she died.

Schools and churches are incapable of teaching our children the importance of empathy and compassion. That is solely our responsibility as parents and guardians. If children are not taught to be a decent human beings at home, they won’t learn it in the world and society is doomed.

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Mental Illness Happy Hour

Maria Bamford shares her struggles with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Give it a couple of minutes, she calms down eventually.

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God is an Asshole, By Louis CK

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October 29, 2013 · 7:30 pm

Patron Saint of Comedy, Genesius

saint genesiusI think Catholicism may be the most OCD religion in the world. I know, with the rosaries and Hail Mary’s and huddled masses it isn’t shocking, but that they have so many, very specific saints is pathological.

For example, Saint Genesius of Rome, the Patron Saint of Comedians.[1] He must have killed before he was killed.

It seems he was in a play that mocked Christianity for Emperor Chuckles McDiocletian’s amusement, when things suddenly got real. Genesius started seeing angels, made the mistake of telling everyone within earshot, and then asked to be baptized for real, on stage. What a drama queen! For coming out of the dressing room closet as a Christian, Diocletian had Genesius’ head removed, c. 286 or c. 303, doesn’t matter. What matters is what made Genesius a saint; not being a funny guy, for being a dead funny guy.

Of course it all started with a legend, as most religious stories do. Genesius of Arles (only one to a town please) worked as a legal clerk, heard about Christ and wanted to get baptized. At this point in the story he got some really terrible advice:

He…was not trusted by the bishop he found, who instead advised him that martyrdom was at least as good in the eyes of God. Genesius was eventually beheaded.

Martyrdom is at least as good?! That’s quite a span: dipped in water or decapitated. Meh, same difference. Genesius didn’t even bother to get a second opinion, he headed (headed…get it?) straight toward the sword. I guess that’s why he wasn’t named Geniusius!

[1] Also the patron saint of actors, clowns, comics converts (what are they?!), dancers, musicians, stenographers, printers, lawyers, epileptics, thieves, torture victims, and apparently, even magicians.


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