#122 Religion – ‘Stripping On A Sunday’

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If someone were to describe me to you as an atheist, I wouldn’t believe them – due to my natural distrust for unsubstantiated beliefs. I’d question your faith-based gullibility, how you could just take a strangers view of me without further investigation – or at least ask for evidence. I’d also scrutinise you and make critical personality based judgements on your belief .

Suffice to say, this fictional stranger is correct; I am an atheist. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t have anything against theists for believing in something, whatever it may be. I’d never, oh I don’t know, condemn them to eternal pain and suffering for instance.

Thankfully being an atheist frees up a lot of my time on Sundays. Today being Sunday then, I found myself with a lot of free time. Some people spend their free time lounging in the afternoon sun, going to museums or even exercising. I couldn’t do those things today because I was busying stripping – the kitchen floor.

It is an original parquet floor in an old original Viennese apartment with double height ceilings and beautiful double doors from the kitchen to the living room. The previous tenant however, made the creative decision to glue cheap lino to the kitchen floor, and lay it so poorly that it ripped in various places, and then chose not to clean it – ever. Naturally I wanted to take the look of the kitchen into a new direction, primarily cleanliness and fabulocity*.

It is repetitive work though it is repetitive work though, scraping glue off of a wooden floor. Barring the physicality though there is some solace in repetitive work. I’ve worked in factories before, and whilst I’d never advise people to choose that career, the repetition of basic tasks allowed me free thinking space. The jobs became so automatic that I essentially got paid for thinking. That is both a blessing and a… whatever the opposite of that word is. For someone who has suffered mentally in the past, having 12 hours to think in a place you cannot escape is not always a positive experience.

I learned from that though and with this task I have begun listening to a podcast. For anyone who isn’t sure of what a podcast is; it is a pea-pod with a tiny plaster cast on*. The current podcast I’m listening to is about unravelling a murder mystery and the details of the case occupy my mind. That is one way to prevent thinking, other ways including; joining an organised religion, listening to Donald Trump and watching Fox News.

The floor is currently 80% stripped, next is the cleaning and sanding, before finishing with a few coats of varnish. If you want to do this job yourself, all you need is a Flathead Phillips 4mm screwdriver, patience and wall scraper. If anyone has any information on better, more efficient tools, please don’t mention them in the comments. Otherwise I will cry, and I haven’t varnish the floor yet so the wood would be ruined.

Mindfump.

*New word.

*This is not true.

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28 Comments

  1. summerSHINES

    Fabulocity is a genius word which I really hope the Oxford dictionary will take up! I used to be religious (by coercion) but now I’m not so now I enjoy Sundays 😊 I hope you post pics of your floor at various stages of beatification 😊

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  2. notdonner

    Sundays, for nearly 30 of my 58 years, were everything but days in theist contemplation. But after 1500 or so, laundry-days, car-washing, hangover mornings, retail-work-the-Open, bored-out-of-skull, lonesome Sundays, I had to believe in something more. But I respect everyone’s freedoms, too. You don’t pee in my garden, I won’t tell you how to lay your floor, you know. GREAT POST.

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  3. Kat

    A true Christian wouldn’t condemn you to burning in a lake of molten lava, or whatever.

    A true Christian should recognise that our God (that we believe in) is the only one who can judge, and He gave us all free will. You have the right to exercise your free will as you see fit, and it is not for me, or anyone else on this earth, to judge you for that.

    Sounds like you have had a rather productive weekend though!!! 😀

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  4. Marie Abanga

    How can I not think when listening to Trump? Even when he says grab them by… I think of my own behind and I go into visualization of that face, mouth, fingers/hands… Nope buddy I wouldn’t listen to that grandpa… Other than that, life is in the hands of he who lives it, make your choices, and live by them o

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  5. robotsoulscomics

    You’re saying being religious is a way to avoid thinking? I’m sorry to tell you, but that’s a huge misunderstanding. You probably should think about that a little more. As a Christian, I’ve found that there’s nothing more intellectually stimulating than God’s word. You may have the idea that people of faith are just sheep, who don’t think things through, but in truth, learning about God, and His word is something that forces you to challenge everything you take for granted. Even as a Christian who already believes everything the Bible says is true, I’m constantly challenged to change my way of thinking.
    In my mind, a true atheist (which, to me, means someone who denies even the possibility of the existence of God) is the one who thinks least. By denying the existence of everything you can’t see (outside of the big bang, and evolution, of course) one adopts a pretty narrow minded worldview.

    Don’t take offense at this, though! I really love your writing. I just think you should have thought through this post a little more.

    Have a wonderful day!
    😃

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    1. Mindfump

      I should preface this by saying the comments were intentionally flippant for comic effect, although that shouldn’t distract from the sentiment. Whilst I am very sure religion can challenge thought, it doesn’t have the monopoly over intellectual thought, which means I can challenge my own thinking in the same way without the need for an unverified super-being. Add this to the mountain of intellectual thought that religion denies to its followers, you may find the narrower view slightly closer to home. There is certainly no offence taken over here and I love to hear opposing views, but your inference that the comments were not thought through is incorrect, as is the basis of your argument. Very glad you’re enjoying the blog though!

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      1. robotsoulscomics

        Gosh. That’s a lot of big words. Guess you got me. I suppose my inherent assumption was incorrect. Truth be told, I’ve never come across “the mountain of intellectual thought that religion denies to its followers” in my experience. Would you care to elaborate?

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        1. Mindfump

          haha, I can’t see this ending well. If you haven’t come across this mountain previously, then that just proves my point. Religion caps thought. But it is absolutely fine to disagree, and if you no longer return to the blog it would be a shame, but in the interests of getting along lets not have a long drawn out slanging match.

          As for the information you asked for, start with the fundamentals of physics and biology then move into the psychology of indoctrination.

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          1. robotsoulscomics

            That’s kinda a non answer. I already know the fundamentals of physics and biology rather well. I don’t see how that would contradict faith . . . maybe you read a different books than me . . .

            The truth is, a lot of scientific knowledge was first pioneered by Christians, who believed that by learning about creation, we could learn more about God. And they were right.

            Religion caps knowledge? I’m not one who normally wears caps, so I’m not sure what to make of that analogy. I do think that faith, and the knowledge of God, makes knowledge all the more meaningful.

            I don’t know a lot about indoctrination, but most of what I’ve seen of it comes in the forms of schools, colleges, and other echo Chambers. The church is not exempt from indoctrination, but it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on it.

            I’m​ not sure what a slanging match is. I’ve never competed in one, so I don’t know much about it.

            I don’t mean to create a long argument, although it looks like I have. Too bad.

            Don’t think of me as some without a sense of humor. I’m probably not going bro stop reading your blog anytime soon. I’m already pretty impressed by your writing.

            I just feel like there are some assumptions in your arguments. I think everyone needs to analyze their own thoughts, since it’s easy to stop thinking about how or why you think the way you do.

            😮

            Sorry, I’m just a born arguer.

            😅

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  6. Becca

    “The jobs became so automatic that I essentially got paid for thinking. ” Öy I love that!! I have had quite a few of these jobs and I do really enjoy them! Occasionally I dropped stuff because I failed to notice the line stopped moving….. if anyone out there ever got a banged up printer, I do apologize! (Yes I indeed put the dropped printer in the box… I did not get paid enough to actually take responsibility!)

    I have been brought up very religious…. going to church every sunday, praying and judging, teaching small kids there is a hell kinda religious.

    While on vacation I stepped into my families church and immediately saw the judging eyes of fellow ‘Christian’ because of my latest life choices….. I sure indeed would have preferred stripping! Any kind really…. I dont think the real kind of stripping would have made me feel any less exposed than walking into that church……

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