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My friends and I love your website! It is
truly awesome! We especially love to read "Sheeples" and your hate
mail--which seems to be endless. I was raised in a PRIMATIVE Baptist
church. This means that from the day I was born until I was PHYSICALLY
too big to be dragged to church against my will any more (about 14), I
was treated to the disgraceful spectacle of adult human beings handling
snakes, talking in "tongues" and literally rolling around on the floor
as if they were having an epilectic seizure.
The Satan thing is purely a fetish thing. I have a Satan-fetish. And looking back to since I was a kid I've always had a fascination with him. My earliest memories of this are of a Satan marionette one of my brothers had. It was always just kind of hanging in the corner of the house most of my life, and then, oddly, the day that I realized how cool it was and how much I admired it, it just disappeared! I often wonder if my parents disposed of it.
Anyhow, it was destined to happen. Then one Halloween here in NYC I decided to go "all out" and be the Satan I'd been dreaming of for many years. My friend Amber helped me with the makeup and the horns, black suit and red shirt. And when I saw the finished product I knew this wouldn't be the last time. I talk about it on the day it all happened here on page 90. It was really an incredible experience.
It wasn't until a few weeks after that when I went searching for the tux and made the outfit what it is today.
So no, it wasn't originally to upset the fundies, but that's what it became. And it has done the job, hasn't it?
Have you given any thought to fleshing out your message in scope and scale?
There is a theory floating around right now that for the last hundred years or so, the idea of God (specifically, our western God) has been dying, leaving a huge God-shaped hole in many lives and societies. Science and technology killed Him. The problem is, in my humble opinion, most civilizations, past and present, have used religion to provide people with meaning and stability (of course, coming with a high cost).
What we do have in the USA by way of replacement are cold religion leftovers, "fuck the people" capitalism, TV, developing-country religions (God is still alive and well in developing countries), and only a fringe of intellectuals and sub-cultures.
What we Need is a nice, packaged up belief system that incorporates both humanitarianism and humor; one that people will readily adopt. Any suggestions? We look to you, normal bob, to come up with this package and save humanity. If anyone can do it, You can! You are our John Galt, don't abandon us!
I've always felt that basically the reason why religions win over science is because of the happy ending it offers. I don't think there's anything I or science can offer to ease that fear of death we all have. It's a harsh, gargantuan thing that's difficult for people to deal with. The closer one gets to fully grasping the reality of what death actually means on so many levels is when one can begin filling that void you speak of. And the best thing to fill that void with is life. Life and people.
However you yourself enjoy life, and connect with people, those are the things to fill that void with. That's what I'm doing, and that's what I tell other people to do when they ask me what I think the meaning of it all is. Because the REAL human bible is the one that began with the first images ever inscribed on a cave wall, to every single book that has and ever will be written.
Yes, it's all just that complicated.
is a response from a comic
retort on page 171!
Again, I answer it with another comic illustration.
All opinions, writings, illustrations & designs are that of Normal Bob Smith (C) 2000 - 2012