How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
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06-09-2016, 11:32 AM (This post was last modified: 06-09-2016 11:41 AM by Deltabravo.)
How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
I was sitting thinking about how well-loved and respected I am not here and I remembered how I came upon this forum and what I had been doing before that.

I had joined another atheistic forum, the name of which shall be Samless, to protect the innocent. Anyway, its a small and rather intimate forum populated by a few atheists, some devout Christians and some nutjobs. Usual stuff. I got involved because I had stopped working after my wife sustained a leg injury and was confined to a wheel chair for six months. I got bored so I joined the Richard Dawkins foundation and did some work for them and also joined the chat forum I mentioned.

I'd never been on a forum like that before but I have always had issues with my upbringing in the Bible Belt etc etc. and my wife is RC, and all that. Had to have my son baptized, communion. Against my will etc etc.

On the forum I got into a lot of debates over stuff like gun control and with some people who were involved in some kind of Christian reformation movement, developing a book about a lawyer and crosses. There were the usual goons who just kept posting abuse and it degenerated into much the same as my experience here.

True to forum I decided to make a point. "Why, I thought, if God is all powerful, doesn't he communicate with us over the internet?" I mean, it's obvious. Everyone is on it. Why have churches when you can just "appear" on the screens of people around the world and show yourself. Then I had another thought. (this is where it gets interesting) I figured that if he is all-powerful then even if he is a bit of a Luddite, there were bound to be a lot of people in Heaven who could help him with the technology and even get on chat forums and spread the word. Wouldn't that be a blast if one of your family or a friend who had died suddenly started communicating to you from the hearafter via your chat forum since he knew that's all you did all day long, day in and day out, year after.... anyway, you get the point.

I hatched this idea. I thought I would dramatically illustrate how stupid an idea it was that God was all-powerful etc., because he didn't even know how to use a computer by staging my own death and then reappearing in Heaven... and communicating with all my fellow posters from beyond the grave.

I stopped posting for a while and then I left a post saying that I was my own wife, and that I had died and she had found my laptop open to the chat forum page. As my wife, I told how suddenly I had died and that she knew how much the forum meant to me and that these people were all my friends, I talked about them all in such glowing terms as true friends who had helped me through my difficult times, shut in and all, and that I had died suddenly but peacefully. I thanked everybody and wished them well. Obviously I laid it on very thick to make myself look like a complete loser who had no life at all and thought all these pro-gun types were my "real friends".

So, no response for a while, but then some posts came through saying how sorry they were, etc., the usual bullshit condolences from a bunch of hypocrits.

Then I posted that I was ok, that I was in some place, I didn't know where, it was kind of ok, they had given me a computer and told me that I had to spend my time on this computer all day every day communicating with the forum. I also mentioned that it was very, very hot there. There was No Exit.

Well, Jeeezus, you would think they might have got the joke. One guy started hurling abuse at me, saying it was sick and twisted, how someone had actually died just like that, I should be ashamed of myself etc etc. No matter how much I tried to explain just how funny it all was, no one though it was...

I dunno, I still think it was inspired, and it takes us back to the Mark Zuckerberg meets the Pope story which was of such interest here. If God is all powerful... well, I won't belabor the point.

Maybe the Pope has twigged to this. I mean, hey, its okay when the most technologically advanced thing you know of is a tree, but these are modern times. We are so advanced technologically, even if we still behave like cheeky monkeys.

I suppose the points which arose, for me, were these: If God was all-powerful, why doesn't he use technology? Answer, because he doesn't exist. Simple. Is there porn after death? I think this is a more challenging question epistemologically speaking but the answer is probably a disappointing, "no". But that leaves the more vexing and much more serious, and important question, for which there is simply no answer and it's this? "Why do some antheists have no sense of humor?"

Hmmm... I'll have to go now, I have a bit of a pain in my chest and a tingling sensa
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06-09-2016, 11:37 AM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
(06-09-2016 11:32 AM)Deltabravo Wrote:  So, I stopped posting for a while and then I left a post saying that I was my own wife, and that I had died and she had found my laptop open to the chat forum page. As my wife, I told how suddenly I had died and that she knew how much the forum meant to me and that these people were all my friends, I talked about them all in such glowing terms as true friends who had helped me through my difficult times, shut in and all, and that I had died suddenly but peacefully. I thanked everybody and wished them well. Obviously I laid it on very thick to make myself look like a complete loser who had no life at all and thought all these pro-gun types were my "real friends".

So you are a liar and you wonder why you aren't loved around here.

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06-09-2016, 11:43 AM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
Very funny Anjele, very funny. I get it. You're being ironic, right?
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06-09-2016, 11:44 AM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
It was heartburn and I dropped my keyboard. Sorry if I worried anyone.
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06-09-2016, 11:50 AM
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Anyway, I think I proved my point, or Anjele did. We can close this thread now.
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06-09-2016, 11:56 AM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
(06-09-2016 11:37 AM)Anjele Wrote:  
(06-09-2016 11:32 AM)Deltabravo Wrote:  So, I stopped posting for a while and then I left a post saying that I was my own wife, and that I had died and she had found my laptop open to the chat forum page. As my wife, I told how suddenly I had died and that she knew how much the forum meant to me and that these people were all my friends, I talked about them all in such glowing terms as true friends who had helped me through my difficult times, shut in and all, and that I had died suddenly but peacefully. I thanked everybody and wished them well. Obviously I laid it on very thick to make myself look like a complete loser who had no life at all and thought all these pro-gun types were my "real friends".

So you are a liar and you wonder why you aren't loved around here.

Sorry, I must have read the description of this thread incorrectly:

The Casual Coffeehouse
Casual chat. Talk about anything here. Have fun!

It should have a caveat "Some Contributors may exude hate".
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06-09-2016, 12:00 PM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
Consider

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06-09-2016, 12:02 PM
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Umm...that's a nice piece of creative writing you got there, guy.
Not cool if you really did that though.

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06-09-2016, 12:03 PM
RE: How I came to TTA. Is this funny?
I also...feel like I missed the part about how you ended up here...was that in there??

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06-09-2016, 12:06 PM
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At work.

(06-09-2016 12:03 PM)Losty Wrote:  I also...feel like I missed the part about how you ended up here...was that in there??

I think they mean this is purgatory.

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