When I drive to and from work, I listen to This American Life, Savage Love, The Bowery Boys, Stuff You Should Know (are there any other podcasts I should be listening to?)
Today I listened to TAL episode #404 Enemy Camp 2010. I wholeheartedly adore This American Life. It makes my brain cells fire. It makes me talk to myself in my car. I find myself riveted, gripping the wheel in anticipation of the nuggets of information to come.
The first segment was about a Priest whose job was to help cover up sexual abuse allegations. He thought he was doing God's work and that it was all For The Good of the Church. Of course, he could only delude himself for so long, and eventually quit being a Priest. He now works at a law firm that specializes in-- take a guess-- helping to build cases against the Church. He now sees the Church for what it is-- incapable of change. They have 2000 years of experience covering up sex scandals. It's just their way! The dude cannot even bring himself to go to church anymore.
I found this to be very sad, as I do think that religion can help people. But instead, religion tends to encourage people to twist, torture and contort themselves into this fake ass bullshit image of whatever it is that certain branch of religion wants you to be. The podcast pretty much solidified certain decisions regarding what/when/where/how we will have our legal ceremony.
There is so much evil and greed able to run amok in this world and directly prey on the innocent...
Which brings us to the next segment- PARASITES! FASCINATING!
These single celled organisms with no CONSCIOUSNESS are smarter than we will EVER BE! They conduct animal and human behavior like an orchestra! We bend to their will! For example, there is this parasite that really wants to live inside sheep. They are super happy in sheep. (I am working from my unscientific and not-detail-oriented memory here) They somehow begin as being eaten by snails. The snail pushes them out through some kind of secretion. An ant comes along and pick up the parasites from there. THEN GET THIS! Every night, the ant is OVERCOME with a feeling... a feeling to climb UP. So it climbs, night after night, to the tips of blades of grass..... UNTIL A SHEEP COMES ALONG AND EATS IT! The parasite has successfully executed its mass manipulation, because the ant is dead and the genius mastermind parasite is finally in its happy place- sheep guts. So this THING manipulates three different animals, on three totally different planes of existence. A singular parasite can manipulate the actions of BOTH fish and birds. HOW CAN A SINGLE CELLED ORGANISM KNOW THE INTRICATE GOINGS-ON OF THE WORLD OF THE OCEAN, THE SKY AND LAND?????
Jeez, ya know? We know NOTHING about the world, reality, ourselves, or what the fuck is going on in the universe in general. Sometimes I can't wait to die- maybe I'll finally get some answers?
SMARTER THAN YOU WILL EVER BE!