Making Something Out Of Nothing

Ilúvënis Nápoldë Telemnar Elanessë

Friday the 12th Feels
This was too LOL not to post here.

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No Religion is the New Religion
Came across this article by Andrew Brown and I thought it was worth a repost on here.

No Religion Is The New Religion
By Andrew Brown

‘Why the Church of England lost its grip on the English imagination is a long and complex story.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Most Britons under the age of 40 now say they have no religion. As atheism takes hold, is this the beginning of the end for Christianity in this country?

For the last 1,700 years, to be English has meant to be Christian. This now seems to have changed for ever. “No religion” has now overtaken “Christian” as the majority position among white British people; and the younger they are, the more likely this is to be true.

Polling carried out by YouGov for Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University shows that if you’re under 40 and British, you are far more likely to report being “no religion” than either Christian or anything else. But if over 40, the proportions are reversed. What’s more, the children of no-religion parents are overwhelmingly likely to remain nonreligious themselves (95% do so), whereas the children of Christian parents will probably stop labelling themselves Christian – only 40% do.

These “nones”, as they are known in the jargon, are not all fervently atheist: only 40% are convinced that there is no God or “higher power”, and 5% of them are absolutely certain that He does exist. The figures neatly reverse the proportions among those who identify as religious, only 5% of whom are convinced atheists.

All this will make little sense if you think that religion is primarily a matter of belief. But Woodhead does not. She thinks that religions are made up of practice, ritual and self-understanding quite as much as theology. I should declare an interest here, since she and I are about to publish a book on the collapse of the Church of England, for which we discussed these very issues.

The point about British nones that distinguishes them from, say, American ones, is that they are almost entirely the people who would have been Anglicans in previous generations (for instance, they are overwhelmingly white) – and Anglicans generally have never been fervent believers. They are now being replaced by children and grandchildren who are unfervent nonbelievers.

Nonbelief takes rather different, often more enthusiastic forms in countries with different traditional ways of being Christian. This means that the growth of nones and the decline of Christianity in this country was not inevitable. In other places with different traditions, such as Scandinavia, identification with Christianity has declined much less. The proportion of Danes declaring no religion is still only 12%, even though Danes hardly ever go to church.

Why the Church of England lost its grip on the English imagination is a long and complex story. The obvious reason is that society has become less religious. In particular, it has become very much less obedient to traditional authorities.

Nones can’t stand to be preached at, and neither do they take any notice of religious leaders (with two and a half exceptions: they respect the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and, to some extent, Pope Francis). But in this they are simply taking over the attitude of traditional religious believers in Britain, who also reject the official teachings of their churches.

The Roman Catholic rejection of the Vatican line on contraception and divorce is well known, but majorities of all the large Christian denominations in this country are in favour of euthanasia and liberal abortion laws. It’s just that the nones are more solidly in favour, and this divide is more marked when it comes to same-sex marriage.

Along with the statistician Bernard Silverman, Woodhead has developed a measure of liberalism on moral attitudes, defined as allowing people to make their own decisions, providing these do not harm others. Polling reveals that nationally there is a liberal moral majority of 83% as against 17% authoritarian. Even among Muslims and Baptists, there are majorities for this kind of live-and-let-live liberalism – certainly among Catholics (85%) and Anglicans (92%); but among nones it is absolute. All of them reject religions as a source of authority on personal morality.

But at the same time as people have been growing less religious, the Church of England has been growing more religious: more exclusive, more of a club for self-conscious believers, prouder of being out of step with the people it once served.

Only last week, Justin Welby was boasting to the other leaders of Anglican churches that the Church of England had secured exemptions from equalities legislation – and then complaining that he operated in an “anti-Christian culture”. What does he expect, when the church he leads systematically violates the moral intuitions of most of its own natural constituency?

Under those circumstances, it’s not really surprising that no religion has become the new religion, while “religion” has become something that other people do. The interesting question is whether Christianity in this country can ever recover, or whether some kind of organised humanism could actually replace it.

An Atheist.
But an atheist can act just as ethically
as a Christian, maybe even more so.
We deal in the truth.
Look at all those priests
who raped small boys.
I'm not saying Christianity
makes them do that,
but it certainly doesn't seem to stop them.

There is no ethical standard without the absolute of God.
Everything else slides without it.

That is just not true.

We can choose to live by the Golden Rule.
It honors men and women more if they choose to do right.
And not worry about some Santa Claus-like figure who punishes and rewards based on us doing right.

arrogance and humility
But "humility, in excess, is tantamount to arrogance."

Too much humility makes you fucking arrogant.

Atom Araullo 😍
My boyfriend in my alternate life, Atom Araullo. In my dreams, where I am an Olympic Gold Medalist sa archery, sya ang jowa ko.

Wala kayong pake.

And who can forget this?

Roald Doahl - Lukewarm is No Good
Dear Future Daughter or Son in this or another lifetime. Read. Do not end up like me.

Source: https://twitter.com/russelltovey/status/649539218830716928

Heneral Luna Memes
There's only a few, punyeta. But I thought I'd post them here anyway. I DID NOT MAKE ANY OF THESE WALA AKONG TALENT SA MEMES!!!!

Bakit daw kasi laging naka-upo si Mabini. IQ Level Please lang dun sa nagsabi nun.

If you watch the film, you'll know why Ensaymada is significant. PUNYETA.

Heneral Luna
Heneral Luna - a movie I didn't know was showing up until I saw posts on social media about it. I actually had no plans of watching the film even after reading rave reviews about it, until I chanced upon this list of Heneral Luna Quotes if applied to modern day Filipino problems. It had me at "punyeta" which is a favourite expletive of mine.

Heneral Luna was no longer showing in the nearest cinema where I live (hello, barrio much) when I decided I wanted to watch it and not wait for the DVD. The film was still showing in SM Pampanga (60 KM or 2 hours away - daghan traffic, gawa kalsada, eleksyon na kase!!!) so decided to leave really early for that week's Pampanga excursion (kung may nagbabasa: I go to SM Pampanga or Marquee Clark every week, pang break ng monotony ng buhay bodegera) so I can make it to the 11:00 AM. I was disappointed when no subtitles showed up when the film started. Found out later that the subtitled version of the film was only available in select cinemas in Metro Manila. Hmp. (It's not that I don't understand Tagalog, I do. Mahina lang talaga ang tenga ko kaya I really can't watch films properly if it doesn't come with subtitles.) Apart from the creepy old guy who decided to sit beside me (Tatang, kaya nga po eto yung upuan na pinili ko eh, para wala akong katabi kasi ako lang mag isa ang nanuod...at saka ang daming upuan dyan o, sa tabi ko talaga??? YIKES.) I REALLY REALLY LOVED THE FILM.

The film wasn't perfect, the story had it's plot holes, and there were moments in the story where I felt it lacked in the execution. But no one can deny the superb acting of the man who played Heneral Luna: John Arcilla. Sabi ko nga, hindi pang best picture yung Heneral Luna, pero si John Arcilla, pwedeng Best Actor sa Oscars. Even Mylene Dizon, Archie Alemania, and Joem Bascon were good in the film. The dialogue helped - and if talk is true that the director Jerrold Tarog will do a Gregorio del Pilar film next, putsa - manunuod ulit ako. (P.S. Walang kinalaman ang excitement ko sa pagiging pogi ni Paulo Avelino as Gregorio del Pilar... wala. wala. wala. *laglag panty*)

As I always do when I like a film, nag-adik ako sa Heneral Luna when I got home. (Kung may nagbabasang iba, nag-adik means, nag YouTube about the film, mga BTS, interviews, etc., Google ng articles about the movie, search ng hashtag, etc, at in this case, basa ng life ni Luna, Aguinaldo, et. al. sa Wikipedia) I came across this really amazing artwork by Pauline Palita and it's worth a repost because maganda sya talaga.

Source: https://twitter.com/pj_palits/status/649540624442494977

Intense lang si John Arcilla sa Heneral Luna. Kung nagmumura ka like me, hinding hindi mo kayang hindi mag-punyeta palabas ng sinehan. :)

Tweet dump! Para matanggal na sa Favorites ko... hehehe

Cutest Thinking Out Loud Duet
This might just be a phase but allow me to enjoy it anyway.

BasDub is love talaga!!! *heart heart*

And for the sake of posterity (my favourite reason why I blog on LJ kahit walang audience), eto ang favourite Dubsmash video ko of Baby Baste... Thinking Out Loud, Moo Moo version!!!

Ay grabe. I really wanna see this kid in person. Sana there's a chance for me to meet him habang baby pa sya. ^^

Edgar Allan Poe's turn...

I think the rain and my incessant eating is contributing to the depression. The warehouse was flooded, I heard the store was flooded... Today is the day Lando unleashed his/her wrath. Ano ka ba, Lando - lalaki o babae? Pwede na ring bakla, why not. Gender equality...

I know I should stop eating but whatever...I go on the scale every morning and I'm still in my threshold weight. Bahala na si Batman. Sana bukas may kuryente na.

Here's another gem:


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