Jan. 5th, 2009

Magic Man.

Jan. 5th, 2009 10:21 pm
seethingheathen: (morals)
I was going to post this to [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck, but it has a tiny bit of Rude Shop Assistant in it, so I want to avoid the wank. Yes, you read that right- I want to avoid wank. And it's not really a sucky suck; it's more of a respect thing. I think. I don't know, so you tell me.

One of my favourite regulars, Ben, has decided that he needs to make me see the Christian Light. Before I left for my Christmas holiday, he gave me a couple of Bible-y books, but didn't really comment about them. He just said they were Christmas gifts. I accepted them gracefully, and thanked him, because it was a nice gesture. I didn't think anything would come of it, because Ben had never before mentioned anything about religion; our conversations had always been the typical customer-employee small talk type.

The other day, he handed me a card with a picture of an angel on one side, and a Bible verse on the other. I thanked him, and put the card in my pocket. I do have manners, after all, even though I don't always use them as I should.

Ben: Do you ever read books about angels?
Me: I can't say that I have.
Ben: You should-
Me: I'm an atheist, so I don't really read religious books.
Ben: (laughs) No, you mean you're an agnostic.
Me: No, I don't. I mean I am an atheist. I don't believe in God.
Ben: (laughs even harder) Do you actually believe that the Universe was created by accident? That there was an explosion, and suddenly there was a Universe?
Me: Yes.
Ben: (still laughing) You don't think that maybe there was just a little bit of God in that?
Me: I'm not laughing at you for your beliefs, and I would appreciate it if you wouldn't laugh at mine.
Ben: I studied Physics in college, and what you're saying is impossible.
Me: And a magic man in the sky is perfectly plausible? Okay, Ben.

At this point, Ben just shook his head and left. I understand that not everyone believes in the same things I do, but I don't laugh at people. My boss is Hindu, and I don't take the piss out of him because he prays to an elephant. It's called RESPECT, and more people need to learn it.

On an odd and possibly contradictory note, I do believe in ghosts, but that's only because I've seen them. If God (or Ganesh, for that matter) were to walk up to me and introduce Himself, I'd rethink things. Until then, I'm happy being a Hell-bound heathen. Oh, wait- I don't believe in Hell either, so I'm safe!

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