crystallee31759 Away36 • Female •
I live for knowledge. All of it I want to learn everything. I am very sarcastic. I Love telling stories. I really really like jokes, although I am not the best at telling them. Big time nature person, I love all creatures large and small. I despise drama of any sort. I stand up for what I believe is right. I also have no filter, so ask me a question and I will tell you the truth. the for real truth.
crystallee31759: When was the last time you read a book that made you laugh, cry, gave you chill bumps (in a good way) and smile super big as you read the last page?
crystallee31759: someone I talked today asked my honest to "god" true opinion about "religion"
I don't want to waste it.......
okay, so fair warning, you did this to yourself. I look at "God'' in nature. In the cycle of life. All of life from the rocks to the trees to the algae, from protozoans to bacteria, even viruses. Then i look at what we "know" about the universe. We are a very small part in the grand scheme of things. Do I think we are special? Absolutely. But to think that there are not other "specials" in this ever expanding infinity is absurd. We are not that special. God "Big Banged" the shit out of it. If God id God and knows everything about everything, then it would be presumptuous of us to think that we have the center seat front row. I go to church every day, church is in your heart. I do not agree with "churches" not one. Of all the literature I have read relating to many different religions, all of them strike me this way, they are all attempting to explain the unexplainable. And I mean go WAY back to the very first "religions" that we know of. They all fundamentally have the same under lying current. Moral values. Personally, in my humble opinion, the Native Americans had the greatest conception of what living on a planet meant. Everything is a circle. Everything is connected. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. I think humans are self-serving, selfish, horribly wrong in their "quest" to take over the Earth. It is very upsetting. I think that men have used these ancient stories and twisted and skewed them to meet their own greedy needs. However it is not a bad thing to have "faith". Faith is something that can sustain you long after anything else would have. Believing in something greater than yourself is a great thing, because no matter how old you are we have always questioned things, and that is the beauty and the rub if you look at it the way I do. If you read the Bible (I read every 'religious' text as a window into history. it depends on where and when you were) I know the Bible the best, but if you really read Genesis. the creation story. "God" gave us the choice, he gave us these brains that are remarkable creations. "He" wouldn't have done that if "He" didn't want to. In all honesty I am torn. I do believe in "God". but i believe in god in a different way. I can look past all the shallow, petty, bullshit that us "humans" have said throughout the centuries about "god" these were not accurate interpretations of "the creator" but mere mortal efforts to use as means to an end, an end that ends in their own benefit. Nearsighted is the word I think. No one is looking at the big picture, and if there is a "god" and this wasn't all some glorious accident, I'm gonna bet "he" is a little pissed. But then again if you believe in the Bible you can just blame it all on the snake, or Eve. Either way, since the very "beginning" we have been too quick to pass blame off to someone else. Maybe "god" should have started a kindergarten class first. you asked for my thoughts, that are those thoughts in a nutshell. thanks for asking, I hope you read this even though i'm late as "hell" lol. I hope at least some of this makes sense. This is just what i could try and put into words how i feel. I believe in circles. and ovals
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crystallee31759: "[W]hat the Internet and it's cult of anonymity do it to provide a blanket sort of immunity for anybody who wants to say anything about anybody else, and it would be difficult in this sense to think of a more morally deformed exploitation of the concept of free speech."
crystallee31759: “Something happens to you in an old-growth forest. At first you are curious to see the tremendous girth and height of trees, and you sally forth, eager. You start you saunter, then amble, slower and slower, first like a fox and then an armadillo and then a tortoise, until you are trudging at the pace of an earthworm, and then even slower, the pace of a sassafras leaf’s turning. The blood begins to languish in your veins, until you think it has turned to sap. You hanker to touch the trees and embrace them and lean your face against their bark, and you do. You smell them. You look up at leaves so high their shapes are beyond focus, into far branches with circumferences as thick as most trees.
Every limb of your body becomes weighted, and you have to prop yourself up. There’s this strange current of energy running skyward, like a thousand tiny bells tied to your capillaries, ringing with your heartbeat. You sit and lean against one trunk—it’s like leaning against a house or a mountain. The trunk is your spine, the nerve centers reaching into other worlds, below ground and above. You stand and press your body into the ancestral enduring, arms wide, and your fingers do not touch. You how big the unseen gap.
If you stay in one place too long, you know you’ll root.
I drink old—growth forest in like water. This is the homeland that built us. Here I walk shoulder to shoulder with history—my history. I am in the presence of something ancient and venerable, perhaps of time itself, its unhurried passing marked by immensity solidity, each year purged by fire, cinched by a ring. Here mortality’s roving hands grapple the air. I can see my place as human in a natural order more grand, whole, and functional than I’ve ever witnessed, and I am humbled, not frightened, by it. Comforted. It is as if a round table springs up in the cathedral of pines and God graciously pulls out a chair for me, and I know longer have to worry about what happens to souls.”