venerdì 18 marzo 2011

Threats of Violence

I seem to be following a theme here responding to the dubious content of my email. Well at least it gets me to write.
I received another chain email today. The internet has provided us with wonderful ways to carry on this time-honored tradition. I remember receiving one once in the mail when I was a child. I think that whatever "friend" of mine had sent it must have tried to disguise their handwriting as it was one I didn't recognize. I've completely forgotten the content, but I'm sure that the threat of death or death by accident was somehow involved. What terrible, bullying things we do to each other. The one thing about the email version is that it is difficult to keep the anonymity that the postal service can provide.
Back to today's missive. Apparently God is vengeful. Although, I've always thought that this was the point of Christianity that God was not vengeful. Perhaps I'll be struck dead for saying that at the email indicated God punishes those that mock Him. Perhaps not, because in fact I am not mocking. The list included famous and anonymous people who allegedly mocked God and/or Jesus, and sometime later (from the space of hours or years) met with brutal untimely ends. I'm not sure if my lack of sending it on counts against me. However, I think Jesus would advise me not to intentionally harm others.

martedì 22 febbraio 2011

Thomas Kinkade Performs Miracles

I received an email today with a copy of a Thomas Kinkade painting, complete with animated rain, that allegedly performs miracles. What are the chances? I suppose if you look at his career you could say that he has been miraculously successful, but is it possible to pass that success on in a chain email. The picture was tacked on to the tail end of a glurge with pithy sayings that unintentionally wise children have uttered, with general references to religion. I think you have the hat trick of forwarding content -- children, religion, and miracles. Does that mean that Thomas Kinkade is the icing on the cake?