Saturday, September 11, 2010

My son for a photo, straight-up? Deal! Thank you, sir.

I won't allow anybody to tell me that I'm insensitive to the events that took place in the United States 9 years ago today.  I was living in the U.S. at the time, and remember it fairly well.  I hurt side-by-side with the Americans that day.  I went with my girlfriend at the time to the local blood donation clinic to do what I could, only to find a 6-hour line had already formed.  Even so, we began to wait in the line until we were told by a clinic staffer that my girlfriend was disqualified from giving blood because she had tattoos and a body piercing.  We left the line and I tried again to do what I could.  My uncle was a volunteer firefighter, and I felt terrible about what happened to all of those brave men and women who ran into the towers, rather than away from them.  I donated money to the memorial fund for the New York Fire Department, and I also sold some of my personal possessions on eBay during the Auction for America, in which all proceeds went to the relief effort for the victims.

So today I saw this article on CNN, what was supposed to be a feel-good article, but left me shaking my head.  It's about a man whose son was a NY firefighter, and died that day.  His body was never found, and the man has been wondering about the exact circumstances of his son's death.  After quite a lengthy search of photo archives, he found one of his son, decked out in his firefighter gear, walking/running (hard to tell) along stopped cars in a tunnel, towards the scene.  The man was very emotional about this photo, which is understandable.  I'm glad he was able to find what was almost definitely the last photo ever taken of his son, alive or dead (as his body has not been recovered).  And I'm proud of the bravery of his son on that day.

But now comes the head-scratching part.  The man made two comments for the article that I find strange:

"I was out of out control, emotionally (after finding the photo)," Box said. "Thanking God, being so happy that I had something to see."

"I wish everybody could get what I got."

It seems that the proposition is as follows.  This guy (presumably) believes in the Christian god, which is supposed to control everything.  This god either took away his son, or allowed him to be taken away on that day, in what was ultimately a fruitless and useless rescue operation that would have been better off having never even been attempted.  What this god gave him, in return for giving up his son, was a blurry photo.

Now I don't know about you, but that seems like a pretty shitty deal to me.  Anybody who tries to take one of my loved ones and give me a photo in return is going to be on the receiving end of a baseball bat to the head, or worse.  But this putz is literally on his knees, literally thanking, literally praising and literally worshiping this thing that he believes forced this trade upon him (even if he would never put it into words that way).

Why is it that this man gives his god credit for the tiny little good thing that happened, an insignificant thing which had he known about it in advance would have seemed so worthless a trade that he'd never in a trillion years agree to it, yet gives no blame to his god for the bad thing that happened?   A poster in the comment section of the article wrote that (her) god answers prayers, so this photo thing happened.  But of course, that same god didn't answer any prayers for protection of the country and its people on that day.  I guess to her, her god answers prayers in a random fashion that makes it appear almost as if the god isn't there.  People, this is your brain on religion.

This all reminded me of a YouTube video by Edward Current:

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Haha! Tragicle. But, strangely, I could only see the left half of the video. Fortunately, that seemed to be the half with all the text and images. I was only able to see the shoulder of the speaker, and the progress bar just ran off the side of the screen.

Admin said...

I can see the whole thing. I use Firefox. Which browser are you using? I'll shrink the video and see if people can see it then.

Jim said...

I had the same problem using firefox. I was able to see it all on the YouTube site though.

Admin said...

Is it OK now?

Jim said...

It's still cropped, but not so bad that it matters too much. You can still see everything. It's just the right edge that's cropped.

Jim said...

I read a comic today that had an awesome caption:

"Before I set this sandbag down Father, I need you to clarify whether this flood is God's will, and we're subverting His judgment, by stopping the water, or whether it's His will that we sandbag the flood, meaning that He visited this horrible act upon us intentionally."

Gotta love those logical paradox's that "god" creates.

Anonymous said...

The guy said god was responsible for saving all those people. This has many holes in it. Does that mean that everyday you survive, that god saved you? Does it mean he was responsible for killing all those people? Does it mean he is on a killing spree, and picks and chooses who lives and who dies? Does it mean he created the catastrophes of this world, just so he can pick and choose. The first person who says it was god's will needs to shoot themselves in the face because that is gods will for you, he just told me that. And if if all the above mentioned can be answered with a yes, then why do good, honest people die from cancer and pedophiles live long healthy lives, oh yeah, god's will, I forgot. I dare any christian to come up with a formidable answer to any of these questions.