I wouldn’t call myself advantaged.

I am entitled to my belongings, my house, my car. I have worked hard for what I have. If you do not have these things, I guess you have not worked as hard as me.

I was born in the right place at the right time. Everyone was. It is the way it is, because it has always been this way. It’s what we know, and therefore it is right.

I want and so I have. I was taught, and so it is. I deserve good things in life. I feel the world owes me something. I mean, come on, I am here. I have a mouth, and it needs to taste sweet food. I have ears, and they deserve music.  I have a back, and it should lie on something soft at night. I have eyes, they should see pretty things.

Of this I am deserving. It is my right.

I am a person. I deserve respect. If you don’t have respect, it must because you have done something dirty, repulsive, bad. The world is fair and just. You will be punished solely on your actions so choose wisely – as I have.

The sun shines down on me and the rain waters the earth. I experience no famine. I have never felt the thirsty draught. It is because I am righteous and I pray. I will always have bounty enough for me and my family.

Of this I am deserving. It is my right.

Oh you ignorant fools who complain that the world is unjust. There are people sleeping outside while others are squandering riches. You are stupid.

Everything is as it should be. The prosperous have offered jobs with pay, built houses and are willing to sell them, trade for exotic food so that you may taste the world. Stop being lazy and ungrateful and simply take what is being offered to you.

If you are poor, work harder. If you are hungry, eat. If you are unattractive, do something about it. You control your life. There are no external factors at work. Look at me. I have these things. I must deserve them.

My life is free of war, terror. I am a good person, because I do no wrong to others. I have not been bullied and things have not been hard.

Of this I am deserving. It is my right.

Why Not Wednesday?

To all those F***ers who tell people to pray in times of trouble and think that you have done enough.

Sometimes “Godly” people amaze me. Sometimes I wonder if they have even contemplated what they believe in.

Whether or not you believe in God, He is a spiritual entity. If you are cold, he cannot warm you. You must light the fire. If you are hungry, he cannot feed you. You must put bread to your lips. If you are tired, he cannot give you energy. You must rest.

Christians sing, “Pray to God in your times of troubles!” They see that there are bad things in the world that are caused by people, that must be fixed by people. Yet, if you cry out, “I am in need of help!” they only respond, “Pray more.”  Your closest Christian friends do not offer to take you out for coffee; they do not offer a listening ear; they offer not a shoulder to cry on.” Yet they tell you to pray – as if you have not been praying every waking moment of your life.

It is easy to pray, it is easy to be happy when your life is full of riches, of close community and you live away from the sins of the world. They shut themselves out of reality and sing the praises of God without ever being tested. It must be nice. Maybe I’ll pray for that.

Just Another Music Monday

“Paint” by The Paper Kites

See where I am is where I’m wanting to be,
I know what I need, know what I need
And there are many different places to see
I know how to dream, know how to dream
Still there’s a wound and I’m moving slow
Though it don’t show, though it don’t show
I’ve got a hole where nothing grows,
How little you know little you know

“Isjaki” by Sigur Ros

“Born at the Right Time” by Dappled Cities

We never had to fight
for the world we would’ve liked
The war’s already won
I guess I was just born at the right time

“In the Middle of the Night” by Chloe Foy

“Spaceship” by Miss Li

So, have you heard the news today?
If you listen closely, you’ll hear his heart break.
Cause in the psycho world of Eden,
this is the version where she is the snake.

“Little Letters” by Paper Aeroplanes