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My vague ramblings on stuff

Well, I'll be dragging myself off to school tomorrow. Fun, fun. I still don't feel well - a bit better, but most certainly not well. But nonetheless I have to go, because I have an important debating meeting. The debating competition for grade 11 and 12 involves a four-debate initial round involving Gold Coast schools only, and the top teams (I don't know how many exactly) go through to a bigger competition up in Brisbane that involves Brisbane and Sunshine Coast schools as well (and maybe Ipwish and Toowoomba ones, I'm not sure). Gold Coast schools traditionally do not do well, and currently my debating team is the best performing my school has ever had. Our first debate is on August the 6th, so we need to get our preparation into gear. Natasha, one of the other members of my team, says she has got heaps of research, so that's good. The topic is "That Queensland should do more to save the Murray-Darling [river system]", and we're the affirmative. Times like these are when I love and hate being permanent third speaker. The idea of competing in Brisbane against some of the best debating schools in Queensland makes me nervous (but I can't back out because I'm the only third speaker we've got), and, although you'd never know it, I HATE rebuttal. Over half of my entire speech is rebuttal, but I HATE it. I hate having to listen to the opposition and find significant flaws and ways to take them apart in only half an hour. It's intimidating. But I love it, because I don't have to do any research - the others have to do it for their speech - and I barely have to write a speech, I just have to summarise what the others have. Natasha, Heidi, and/or Rebekah has to write a speech ('and/or' because only two of them is going up, probably Rebekah will be left out), but I just get their arguments and write a 3-4 minute summary. Once I introduced a new line of thought last year, and we nearly lost the debate over it. So it's a relief for me in the fact that while the others have to slave over a 7-8 minute speech, I needn't worry, but they don't have to do nearly as much rebuttal as I do. Sometimes I envy whoever does first speaker (the other three rotate positions), because they just get up, speak, and then can sit down and not worry about a thing.

But when I think about it, there's a reason why I'm third speaker: because it suits me right down to a 't'. Being the argumentative sod that I am, I love to get a chance to rip apart an opposition - so I don't fully hate rebuttal, in fact, in the right debate, I love it (it's more I don't know this topic well, so in this case I hate it) - and I simply enjoy it. I get up there, I get passionate about my topic, and I give the opposition the blasting of a lifetime. I actually have a reputation now as someone you don't want to debate against, which honestly makes me laugh.

Now, switching to a completely different topic simply because I feel like it, yesterday (or was it Friday? Eh, 1-2 days ago anyhow) I was ranting about the problems of the Christian religion, and made up some 'Scripture', Mark 23:15. However, I initially typed Matthew 23:15 by sheer accident, even though I was thinking "Mark 23:15" in my mind, and although I picked this typo up not long after I made it, the Scripture stuck with me and I decided to check out Matthew 23:15 for myself and I feel I was drawn to it for a reason. Here is the New International Version of it;

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are."

This seems to have some implications for the modern day actions of many Christians. You have these people who do "travel over land and sea" to convert others to Christianity, and they are happy if they just "win a single convert". Methinks this passage is extremely relevant to what happens today. One has to wonder how they skip over it. They can quote to you the 'Romans Road' off by heart, they can rattle off Ephesians 4:29 and other Scripture they claim condemns swearing, they can give you long lists off memory of this Scripture that they reckon proves the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and yet they seem to miss this passage. Sure, it was addressed to the teachers of the law and Pharisees, but it is still relevant to today in my view (in fact, according to the Christians who ardently claim every piece of Scripture is relevant to today, it most certainly is).

I'm trying to put my thoughts down into words right now, but I'm not really succeeding. But I certainly think that Matthew 23:15 should be required reading for all those missionaries who are hungry to get to Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, or wherever. Now I'm not criticising the idea of spreading the Gospel, and I don't like the idea of people in Muslim nations and whatnot just being totally rejected, but Matthew 23:15 is a thought-provoking passage.

What I don't like about these Muslim nations is that other religions are illegal and you cannot challege the government. This is completely wrong. A good government allows people to read and learn about belief systems other than their own, and, if the people so choose, to convert to them as well. A good government takes criticism in its stride and welcomes comment, so that it may improve itself and better serve the population. Most of all, a good government is transaprent and open - people know what's going on, they have a say, and they are listened to. A good government must have these qualities. People have a right to believe what they want, think what they want, learn about what they want, question what they want, criticise what they want, and find out what they want. To run a closed society like in Islamic countries is simply backwards, stupid, and mindless. It's poor governance and does a disservice to the population.

What I also hate is when people - particularly governments - feed fraudulent versions of something to others. For example, the Christianity Muslims know of is a twisted, distorted ... thing, and it's not true Christianity. On the same token, Islam is most likely portrayed incorrectly to us, too (I personally think it is portrayed in too good a light - read Surahs 2:191 and 4:34 and you'll see what I'm talking about). I just don't like it how governments, media outlets, individuals, et cetera, will twist and distort beliefs and opinions to suit their own purpose, or will force others to accept their version of the truth without checking it against other sources. What I truly hate is when people accept one version of the truth without checking other sources when those sources are readily available. The best example of this that I can think of is Protestants who criticise Catholicism without even researching what it really is, and don't listen to Catholic answers in debates. If they would open their minds and listen for one freaking second, some of their warped beliefs might be corrected.

Now, tomorrow, I'm probably going to be buffeted by more crap (Yep, randomly changing topics again). One reason I hate school is because of how shallow and immature some of the people there are. Is it that freaking hard to be considerate, thoughtful, caring, and mature? I just don't get it. I do not understand why I'm viewed as a lesser person just because I'm an albino and because I'm not the best looking guy in the grade (Sam himself once told me one reason why I struggle to make friends is because of my appearance). I don't understand why I'm someone to be ridiculed because I'm intelligent and value knowledge. I don't understand why people see reason to insult myself and others for the sheer fun of it. I don't understand why people see reason to make others angry, upset, and hurt. I don't understand why some of the guys I know sit around and freaking lust all day. I don't understand why some of the people in my group see fit to talk about and create insults based around vulgar ideas that I'm alarmed they thought of in the first place (Seriously, some of it is just sick). I don't understand why some people in my grade are throwing their lives away via means of alcohol, drugs, and the like (I've seen some people just throw it all away, and it's very sad). I don't understand it, at all. I don't understand why some people have to be the way they are. And the problem is that what they do is accepted and even encouraged! "Oh, you can't help it you're always perving on females walking past." "Oh, you can't help it you got addicted to a substance you took of your own free will." "Oh, you can't help it that you're going to fail school and get a crap job because you won't put any effort in." "Oh, you can't ." The thing is, I used to do a lot of terrible stuff, and now that I look back on it, I don't even know why I did it. I wasn't at the point of throwing my life away like some people I know, but still ... I just don't understand why I did that stuff. These people don't even have a reason why they do what they do when questioned. Well, they do, and it's always the same, always "Because I like it." WHAT THE ADAM CLAYTON POPTART? I'd like to murder Matt Marino because he's a stupid bloody ignoramus, but that doesn't make it right. I'd like to drop a nuclear bomb on Tyndale, but that doesn't make it right. I'd like to inject every teenybopper with a deadly dose of botulinum toxin, but that doesn't make it right.

Grr, I was writing this two hours ago and suddenly had to go, so now my train of thought is two hours behind me and wrecked on the side of the line, so I'll leave this here.

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