Propaganda? Or just self-epitomization?

Haslev, that’s the name of the town which I’ve been studying in for the last 4 years or so.

But there something very, very wrong in this little town: The town is the center for the Church Association for the Inner Mission in Denmark. And if there’s something that really can bring my blood to a boiling point; it is religious people trying to convert atheist discreetly.

The town have about 11.000+ residents, and it wasn’t before the 20th century it became the centre for CAIMD.

The latter built a folk high school, sixth-form college (with a boarding school) among others. In the 1970s and 1980s, the schools became independent of the founding association.

It is said that only a few inner missionaries still reside in the town, but trust me when I say it doesn’t feel that way. The school I’m currently studying at is definitely not the worst one in this… Eh… I just realized that “God forsaken town” would be the least appropriate thing to call it.

Most people have probably heard that Danes are very open-minded with our religion, and that is indeed true, but there’s still some groups who is the polar opposite, trying to force every little piece of Christian religion down my throat, using whatever small abstract piece of paper they happen to be armed with. (There is a reason for Denmark being the only country mentioned in the ‘see also’ section, on this wikipedia page: Inner mission )

Well, Haslev is getting better, but the hopes of the town to be completely “Inner missionary free” Is of little substance.

I’ll be completely fine with all those religious people, if they just kept their superstitious words to themselves.

Anyway; I had a little fun idea yesterday. Thus I, with the best of my current skills, drew some old-fashioned propaganda. It’s part of a group, which is against all forms of forcing both children, nor adult into an unwanted religion. (Or what they would call “self-realization”, shams!)

I was trying to get a vintage, steam punk-ish feel about it. I think it succeeded.

I’m going to print about 8 posters of this, and hang them up in the hallways in my school, to see if I can get some more teacher with me on this.

And yet again: I don’t have anything against religion, I just think that if a hovering zombie saint, who could turn the must common fluid on our planet into wine, can be the ideal vanguard for the whole human race… Then a self-destructive golem, made out of expired vanilla pudding, can be so too. (Not that I actually think there’s a golem made out of expired vanilla pudding… Buuut I’m pretty sure you get the point. (If there ever was one))

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A game of chess, between you and the Grim reaper.

It’s a mystery, isn’t it? What happens when the fire in our soul runs out, and our body decays in the blackness of our tomb. We can only assume, believe and imagine, but we’ll never know or understand. Maybe there is a reason for that. Maybe the whole universe is based upon the fact, that we don’t know? But who knows even that? Hopefully no-one, because then there wouldn’t be anything left. Nothing to strive for, not a single goal to set for our beloved scientists.

Maybe the reason for everything, is that we search for the reason. If that is so, what should we question? I personally want to question anything, with the knowledge that there isn’t an answer for everything. If I knew everything about everything, what should I strive for? Personal development? The point is, that questions is all we have in the end. Sure we have enough trouble as it is now, with hunger, disease and global-warming. But if we knew all the answers, we could solve every problem known to man, with infinite knowledge.

Just for the record: I’m an atheist, and I carry a certain pride in that opinion. However that does not mean I don’t understand religion, and/or respect it. Actually, as an atheist, I find what I don’t believe in very¬†intriguing. And I like the side of the bible that teaches people about moral, and what’s right. But when it goes from being a guideline, to a¬†comprehensive guide to ones life, it’s too much.

However: Death, that’s what I want to discuss. And let me get right to the point, keeping it nice and clean: What if we are all the same? What if we all are great people like Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, or maybe even mass-murderers like Adolf Hitler? I’m not sure if it classifies as reincarnation, but what if I’m every man that ever existed, and ever will? If I after a life, goes back and plays the role as another human being? An accountant the first life, and the next life I’m a Prussian count? Kings, queens, soldiers, commoners, priests, beggars or serial-killers? It’s isn’t a deep, complex theory, and yet it’s something that affect us all. (If “All” is the right term here) But then again, would that knowledge bring us anywhere? There would be nothing we could do to change it, and we would still sit here in our cursed apathy, which has been haunting the human species for the last 30 years. Again; who knows?

Time wouldn’t exist, as we would be (or are) everywhere at the same time.

Jonas Christensen