Rant on Disrespectful Responses to the Pontifex and Dalai Lama’s Twitter Posts

Pontifex and Dalai Lama: *preaches about how people shouldn’t rely on wealth for happiness on Twitter*

disrespectful Twitter users: *complain about how happiness can’t be obtained without money, poor people’s sufferings, and economic problems*

Guys, I understand how some of you are either unreligious, or are religious yet hold different opinions from religious leaders. I also get that some of you guys believe that religious texts are outdated because they were written by authors who lived in societies and environments that are different from today.

But c’mon, a good chunk of you probably understand that religious leaders are trying to communicate positive life lessons and messages.

No matter what your beliefs are, and no matter whether you’re religious or not,… people (excluding psychopaths) live life being curious about life’s mysteries, try to better their lives, and/or try to better the global community.

Religions exist because, first and foremost, people throughout history are curious about life’s mysteries. Second, but more importantly, religion exists because people want to celebrate and respect life.

Religious texts aren’t outdated because people back then didn’t have today’s scientific instruments and methods to prove such and such… On the contrary, they’re timeless because no matter what scientific advancements we have today and will have in the future, there will always be mysteries unsolved. And religions certainly don’t try to give concrete answers to life’s mysteries.

Moreover, history has proven how the virtues, ethics and morals taught by religious and non-religious people have benefited individuals, families, friendships, relationships, societies, and all of humanity.

Dear disrespectful Twitter users, I hope that you guys learn to be more open-minded and understanding of other’s perspectives of the world. You don’t have to necessarily accept other’s beliefs. When you open yourselves to new perspectives and ideas, you just might surround yourselves with diverse people and maybe adopt a new belief or two.

The Truth Behind “The Exorcist”

Believe it or not, this movie is based on a true story.

A young boy who’s known by his pseudonym Roland Doe grew up as an only child to devout Christian parents. He was close to a spiritualist aunt, and learned about the spirit world and the Ouija Board.

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After his aunt died, Roland Doe attempted to contact her via the Ouija Board.

His parents noticed these strange things happening at home:

  • scratches on the boy’s body
  • sounds of marching feet
  • moving furniture
  • blessed objects that smashed to the ground on their own
  • vibrating religious pictures
  • flying objects

His classmates also noticed strange things such as how his desk can move on its own.

Fearful of poltergeist activity, Roland Doe’s parents had his body examined by medical and psychiatric professionals.

After tirelessly searching for answers and help, they decided to ask their pastor if Roland Doe can spend the night with him.

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That minister heard vibrations from Roland Doe’s bed, heard scratching noises from the walls, and saw am armchair topple over. Then, he decided to perform an exorcism on the boy. The ritual was unsuccessful.

So, the priest referred the boy to another priest. During the exorcism, the boy cut the priest so deeply that the cut required stitches and the exorcism halted.

Roland Doe went back home, and his family saw the words “Saint Louis” across his chest in blood. Then, they ftraveled to St. Louis and found Rev. William S. Bowdern and Walter Halloran.

In the course of two months, Bowdern performed exorcism thirty times. Roland Doe spat on the reverand’s eyes, spoke in an unusual voice, and broke Halloran’s nose. His bed shook violently, and the words “evil” and “hell” appeared on his body. Eventually, the exorcism worked.

A Tragic Tune: “Nearer, My God, to Thee”

“Nearer, My God, to Thee” is the Titanic’s “tragic tune”.

“Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th-century Christian hymn written by sisters Sarah Flower Adams and Eliza Flower.

It is based loosely on Genesis 28:11-19, the story of Jacob’s dream:

So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, becuase the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and dscending on it…

The hymn was first written in verses by Sarah. Then in 1881, the verses were set to music by Eliza for William Jonson Fox’s collection “Hymns and Anthems”.

It is widely known for supposedly being played by an eight-member music group as the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. All of them died in the sinking.

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William Henry Hartley was the leader of the music group. According to his bandmates, he said he would either play “Nearer, My God, to Thee” or “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” if he were ever on a sinking ship. Since his father used to play the “Propior Deo” version of “Nearer, My God, to Thee” by Arthur Sullivan at a church, his family felt sure that he would have played that song.

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The tune was played at Hartley’s funeral in 1912 soon after his body was found “fully dressed with his music case strapped to his body”, and a bust of him was erected in 1915 with an inscription that commemorates “the heroism of a native of this town”.

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Here is a violin version of the song:

Here is a choir version of the song: