reply to post by boncho, luciddream, and gladtobehere
Hey guys, I come in peace. Just want to talk for a second. Hey! Bartender! Bring us another pitcher of your best. I've got some friends with me
Friends? Sure, they've got interesting opinions and have contributed mightily to ATS. But guys, I don't want to talk or argue about your opinions,
everybody's got different ones, heck, I don't have the same opinions I used to, doesn't matter.
Say, I gotta tell you a joke I heard.
A very religious man lived right next door to an atheist. While the religious one prayed day in, day out, and was constantly on his knees in
communion with his Lord, the atheist never even looked twice at a church.
However, the atheist's life was good, he had a well-paying job and a beautiful wife, and his children were healthy and good- natured, whereas the
pious man's job was strenuous and his wages were low, his wife was getting fatter every day and his kids wouldn't give him the time of the day.
So one day, deep in prayer as usual, he raised his eyes towards heaven and asked:
"Oh God, I honour you every day, I ask your advice for every problem and confess to you my every sin. Yet my neighbour, who doesn't even believe in
you and certainly never prays, seems blessed with every happiness, while I go poor and suffer many an indignity. Why is this?"
And a great voice was heard from above:
"BECAUSE HE DOESN'T BOTHER ME ALL THE TIME!"
Wait, I heard another one.
How many Atheists does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One to remove the dead bulb, the other to video tape it so Fundamentalists can't argue
it came back to life.
But honestly, guys, it's not your opinion that matters, it's you, yourselves. Fighting for a cause is wonderful and I support that dedication. But
I think you'd better throttle back a little, just sayin' you know? Everybody's got to have a laugh now and then. Sure, Ok, somebody told an old
joke (I never heard it before) and it rubs you the wrong way. But giving up humor is like giving up love. You don't have to laugh your heads off,
but some folk thought it was funny. You could just give a little grimace and think to yourself that their humor is stupid. But they're just regular
guys, too, and they got a minute's smile out of it.
They didn't mean anything bad by it, and it didn't hurt anybody, so why not just be tolerant, see it as their kind of humor and be glad that some
old Joe with troubles of his own got a little grin in the middle of his crummy day?
Here, let me tell you what happened to me in another bar (thread) yesterday. Some guy was showing a video of the Turkish riots. Now, I don't have a
dog in that fight. I'm not sure who's fighting or even why. The video showed a man who was yelling at a water cannon truck what appeared to be the
equivalent of "Come on and shoot me, you &^^)# bastards!" He was waving his arms and jumping up and down, but he was ignored. He went over to the
truck, pounded it, kicked it, then moved back away from it. He started jumping up and down again, and shouting again.
Well, the expected happened, the Police gave him a shot from the cannon, and knocked him head over heels. It wasn't the funniest thing I'd ever
seen, but it ranked up there with America's Funniest Videos
. I said that I got a grin out of it and you should have seen the "S" storm that
caused. I was called inhuman, racist, and worse.
I don't want you guys to get like that. If you can't smile at a joke, at least let others enjoy some harmless fun.
I'm not talking about racist jokes. I'm talking about things like Republican-Democrat jokes. If you can't laugh at yourselves, you're losing
some humanity, and I care about you three too much to want that to happen.