Monday, July 27, 2009

No credit and no responsibility

As this is being posted, I have already left for my summer vacation. I'll be away for a month, but have made sure that some posts will be made while I'm gone, thanks to the site's ability to delay posts. As we'll learn in this post, I have Allah to thank for this feature.

So I was digging through my travel stuff in preparation, and found this Muslim prayer card that I got on the plane on my last trip. It contains a prayer that good Muslims are supposed to say when traveling in a vehicle. I'm not going to type all of it, but it begins with the following:

"Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. How perfect he is, the one who placed this plane at our service, and we ourselves would not have been capable of that...."

Do you know where this post is going? As a person who has a degree in aerospace engineering, I find this sad and insulting. Did nobody think to say thanks to the people who worked hard to design the plane? The workers who assembled it? What about the mechanics who maintain it? The pilots who fly it? The flight crew who are trained to make sure that everybody will get out safely in case of incident (eg. Air France in Toronto or Hudson River landing)? I'm pretty sure all of these people are real. I can go and meet any one of them. But instead, they'd prefer to give all of the credit to an imaginary being! None whatsoever to any of the real people who worked to make the flight happen. And to say that we wouldn't be capable of doing any of this without their invisible buddy? You stupid fucks!

It's a theme common to many religious people, no matter what their exact beliefs. That is that they are unable to take credit for anything they've done well, nor are they able to take responsibility for anything they've done wrong. What a sad life that must be. What a waste of a human intellect. I do feel some pity, but since it's their own damn fault, not too much.

1 comment:

Sandori VonRoth said...

I'm glad I found this blog...Looking forward to when you get back..Enjoying reading your posts...Have a safe and fun vacation....Sandori VonRoth

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, where people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.

~ Diderot ~