Archive for August 2012
According to a recent RedC poll Ireland is losing its religion faster than most countries. Now we must of course be wary of polls and declaring the end of religion as we know is still a bit presumptuous, but the poll is encouraging. For me it is obvious that the increase in non-believers has coincided with an increasingly educated population, wider access to information and the inevitable decline in the influence of the church. It is clear that the abuse scandals, cover ups and authoritarian reaction from the church to all this has done its fair share in damaging the influence of Catholicism. But I would be more inclined to think that regardless of the all the scandals this decrease in religiosity and move towards secularism was an inevitability.
We live in a time where science is uncovering truths and debunking myths at a rate of knots. It is a wooden stake in the heart of myth and mediaevalism and for many believers it is becoming harder to reconcile the myths and doctrines of their religion with the hard cold reality of scientific fact. Not to mind the Vatican’s obvious disconnection with the social realities of modern society. Their teachings with regard to homosexuality, contraception, and a host of other moronic dictates are at odds with the thinking of a majority of people in Ireland.
The church is increasingly isolated in its thinking and its dogmatic arrogance and narcissism only furthers the widening gap between a modern forward thinking population and a dusty irrelevant dictatorship. With every new scientific discovery from the Higgs Boson to an understanding of human consciousness, the creation fantasies and claims of the Judeo-Christian religions are eroded one step at a time.
While we may never live in a world free of religion we can live in a world where it is domesticated and its more destructive forms are sidelined and treated with the contempt they deserve. But we have a long way to go yet.
Seeing the NASA team’s reaction to the news that Curiosity had landed successfully on Mars sent shivers down my spine. Because I shared their joy but also because it proved once again what our species is capable of when at it’s best.
When I saw Curiosity’s first pictures the reality of what thousands of people from around the globe have accomplished became so much more visceral and real. We have landed a semi autonomous car sized robot laboratory capable of searching for life, on another planet.
How long before we stand on that planet? I’m betting not long at all.
As the Mars Curiosity rover is only a few days away from arriving at the red planet. I thought it was a good idea to pop this video in. It’s a brilliant narrated video of what will happen during the landing.
Apologies for being quiet over the last week but slipping on tiles and landing on my shoulder meant I’ve been away from the keyboard.
Today I spotted, to my everlasting horror, Ronan Keating’s new song and in a moment of what I can only describe as pain-killer induced madness I watched it.
The song itself is typical Keating trash. Some saccharine whine about his ex wife and blah blah blah I’m so rich it hurts. It’s an ode to mediocrity and a parody of music. It is essentially a pure representation of evil and all that is wrong in the world.
But the video my friends is something to behold. Imagine the Hoff but really taking himself seriously and you have a fair idea of what to expect. At one point there are two Ronan’s each gazing longingly into the others dead eyes. The vast emptiness reflected therein is chilling.
And I’m not sure what is worse, that he made this modern-day horror or that in the comments section under the video people praise it and one particularly bright person asks, “what does the video mean?” I suspect this person has problems tying their laces and finds door handles a challenge.
Remember when music videos were an art? or when music was for that matter.