I got this from a friend. It gave me one of those “What the fuck is wrong with you, religious people?” moments. Just read.
The ‘L I T T L E ‘ T hings .
As you might know, the head of a company survived
9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was
his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
because of an auto accident.
One of them
missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
time to change.
car wouldn’t start.
One went back to
answer the telephone .
One had a
child that dawdled
and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.
get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
took the various means to get to work
but before he got there, he developed
a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am
stuck in traffic ,
miss an elevator,
turn back to answer a ringing telephone …
all the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
this is exactly where
God wants me to be
at this very moment..
Next time your morning seems to be
going wrong ,
the children are slow getting dressed,
you can’t seem to find the car keys,
you hit every traffic light,
don’t get mad or frustrated;
God is at work watching over you.
May God continue to bless you
with all those annoying little things
and may you remember their possible purpose.
Pass this on to someone else, if you’d like.
There is NO LUCK attached.
If you delete this, it’s okay:
God’s Love Is Not Dependent On
(that’s the cool part)
Sometimes we need to thank God for unanswered prayers.
Setting aside the graphics and the colors (it took me an hour to get all that color code in there. My brain hurts now.), the message of this is disturbing. Taken at face value “These people are alive because they were exactly where God wanted them to be” isn’t terribly offensive, I suppose. What is offensive is the implication it carries: that the people who died on 9/11 did so because they were exactly where God wanted them to be, too. Hear that, victims’ families? It was their time! Those people who jumped out of the building? That was exactly where God wanted them to be! It was their destiny to die on impact in the plane, be burned to death, fall or jump from the 100th story of a building, or be buried alive in rubble. And that kind of thinking, my friends, is disgusting.
I understand the questions that would go through a survivor’s head. “Why am I alive, when most of the people I worked with and saw during the day aren’t?” But the answer isn’t “I’m special; God was looking out for me that day,” because that suggests that everybody who died wasn’t special. You know, atheists are often called selfish and arrogant, but we’re not the ones going around believing and telling people that we’re so special that there are deities and forces constantly intervening in our everyday lives and conspiring to keep us out of harm’s way. I don’t know; this is something that upsets me about religion in general, and I could rant and rave about it for hours, but it wouldn’t be funny, and I try to keep things light around here. The only positive thing about this email is that it says “pass it along if you want, there’s no luck involved.” That was nice. Let’s score:
-Multiple Font Sizes
There were lines that were a different font, but I was already about to go crazy with the colors, so you don’t get those. Sorry. And I think the email itself was in Comic Sans, but I won’t subject you to that.
Me and God Are Like This!
Somebody finally put that video up on Youtube!