Posted by drummer (126.96.36.199) on May 07, 2000 at 23:14:02:
In Reply to: A quick poll posted by Ted on May 07, 2000 at 22:44:30:
I invented a new religion the other day. My neighbor from across the street is a bit crazy (or if you prefer) loony. Anyway, she is a Greek Orthodox Catholic. She has recently decided to believe in Reincarnation instead, though. I said, "oh". I told her she might want to talk to her Priest about this. This whole Reincarnation thingy can't possibly be good for a Greek Orthodox Catholic, but what the hell do I know.
Anyhow - this is when I decided to invent my new religion. It's called 'backwards reincarnation'. I now have a fucking purpose! I've never been happier in all of my life. I have to thank my crazy (or if you prefer) loony neighbor for my recent happiness. Thanks.
I wrote this story to explain my new religion. It works whether one "offs" themself or not. Everyone's covered under my new religion! My new religion doesn't discriminate or pass judgment. The story is called HOPE. Here's the story:
One person (George) believes in 'backwards reincarnation' and the other person (Lennie) believes in absolutely nothing.
George says 'backwards reincarnation' means that after people die they come back as someone else in a past life. He says they don't remember anything from the first life, because the dead person was reincarnated 'backwards' and technically doesn't even exist, yet.
George is all the time going around saying silly things like, "I hope I was a nice guy in my future life" and "I sure hope I didn't have any terminal illness in my upcoming life."
Lennie (who believes in absolutely nothing) is all the time saying, "shut-up George - there is no hope for anything, whether it be in a past life or a future life" and "I sure hope I don't die." (Lennie is being a smart-ass, because he knows everyone dies). Lennie has hope for death and nothing else!
Lennie is sarcastic and fatalistic. George is hopelessly optimistic.
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