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Seek and ye shall find (accompanied by flower art)

I livew in my own little world

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Pink flowerA fellow blogger asked me about my “irreligious views.” He said he thinks I’m agnostic. According to Wikipedia: “[A]gnosticism is the view that humanity does not currently possess the requisite knowledge and/or reason to provide sufficient rational grounds to justify the belief that deities either do or do not exist.” I think he’s right.

Yellow flowerI have no problem with religion per sé. If religion helps someone refrain from raping, stealing, killing, etc., then by all means, go for it. However, when religion exercises mind control over its followers — Mormon, Islam, and Jewish religions, for example — then I do have a problem with it. Blindly following a religion simply because you were born into it is, in my humble opinion, a little strange.

Flower artI find it entirely plausible that people of old — i.e., prior to the Age of Enlightenment — needed a way to explain thunder, earthquakes, the sun, the moon, eclipses, falling stars, rain, snow, volcanoes, earthquakes, clouds, the desire to kill each other, life, death, etc. Enter religion. However, once people became enlightened, and science was able to explain all those things (except, perhaps, the desire to kill each other), I find it interesting that they still need to believe in a deity in order to explain those things.

Flower artSome of my friends ask, “What if there’s an afterlife?” What if there is?

If I spend my life helping the poor, the hungry, the sick, the homeless, the disabled…. and someone’s God doesn’t want me, I’m okay with that because I don’t want that God either.

Flower artIf someone’s God will take the rapist, the killer, the thief…. simply because he says as he’s dying, “I repent of my sins and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior,” well, I also don’t want that God.

Some of my friends don’t believe that the Big Bang “just happened.” My response is, “How did God happen?” That usually ends the conversation.

My wise old grandmother, a devout Catholic, often said, “Seek, and ye shall find.” I think she was on to something.

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Red rose, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

Friday Flower Fiesta (October 12, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Red and yellow flowers have always been the bane of my flower photography. I never could get the pictures to look anything like the flower. It’s the reason why I made the Friday Flower Fiesta in red and yellow. I figured that would be the only red or yellow flower you’d ever see in my blog.

Then, a couple of months ago, I was at a flower art exhibit downtown and the artist happened to hear me when I casually commented, “I wish I could get my red and yellow flowers to look like those.” He told me the secret, and it shall remain a secret, except for those willing to bribe me; I have a PayPal account.

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to all the Red people, and the Blue people who are forced to live in Red states.

Picture 1Red rose, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 2Red pelargonium, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 3Red pelargonium, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 4Begonia, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 5Bottlebrush, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 6Bottlebrush, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 7Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 8Bromeliad, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 9Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 10Bougainvillea, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 11Hibiscus, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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Picture 12Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012

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