Stange day.

June 16, 2013 on 1:59 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Father’s Day eve started out as normal as any other day but then I drove in to Bunnell to get something to drink. Bunnell is a small town in Florida so the closest thing we have to a store is Dollar General. They have what I like and they sell it cheaper than most other places so that is where I went.

As I was walking through the store I saw a lady that drew my attention. She was probably younger than me but by her appearance she was obviously poor and I could tell by her labored breathing that she was not in good health. I almost asked her if she was alright but she went down a different aisle and I went on my way.

After purchasing a 12 pack of Yuengling, a 6 pack Mountain Dew and a couple bottles of water I went out to my truck. I opened the door and as I turned to get in I saw this lady coming out of the store and walking towards me. I knew what she was going to ask me and I was already prepared to give her some money.

I was not prepared for the way she asked me for money. She said excuse me sir I have health problems and I need some money to buy diapers. I asked how much she needed. She said $10.00 so I gave her $20. As I drove away my eyes watered up a bit as I thought to myself how I just want people’s pain to go away.

If a genie were to ever grant me three wishes I would ask for only one. Make suffering stop. My pain has never bothered me. My back has been bad since I was in grade school and my knees have been bad since high school. Last year I nearly cut two fingers off in my miter saw so now my left hand hurts almost constantly and the last couple of months I have noticed symptoms of plantar fasciitis. I have been pierced more than 35 times and I have more than 10 hours of tattoo work on my body. I also undergo 2 hours of electrolysis every month as a form of manscaping.

I do not know that I am a pain whore but honestly it just does not bother me. It damned sure lets me know that I am still alive. However, to watch another person struggle or feel pain bothers me deeply. I want to help and I do what I can when I can but it is never enough. I will never be able to help the world so I am going to ask every person that reads this to help me.

The next time you have a chance to help someone, do it. Don’t do it because your religious beliefs tell you to do it. Don’t do it because I am asking you. Do it because you know it is right and you want to help make our world a better place. Do it because you want to feel good about who you are. Do it because another human being needs help.

When I do the things I do I never give my name and I never accept money if it is offered to me. If pressed I always give the same response: One day a friend gave me a favor when I needed it. Today I am giving you that favor and all I ask in return is that some day, when you can, pass this favor on to someone who needs it.

What to do?

June 3, 2013 on 1:40 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Last week I was listening to the radio and the host was discussing a new law in Florida. Gov. Scott had just signed a law that made it illegal for people to use government issued EBT cards at Strip clubs and casinos. In theory I agree with this but after examining the situation a little more closely I am not sure if this is right.

EBT cards are meant to help people get through the tough times in life. People are supposed to use this money for the necessities in life and provide for their families. I guess most people would think that gambling and looking at naked women is immoral and not a necessity. My problem is that now we have to define morals and we need to determine what is a necessity.

As an Atheist I have a moral problem with my tax dollars going to a religious organization. Most people might not have a problem with this but what about hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church? The thing about morals is that we each have to determine that for ourselves and should never force our beliefs upon others.

Now it gets a little tougher. How do we determine what is a necessity? Food is a necessity but should they be allowed to buy prime rib or lobster? Maybe they should only be allowed to purchase ground beef and hamburger helper. Electricity is a necessity but should people be allowed to turn their air conditioning down to 65 degrees or their heat up to 80 degrees. We do not want anyone to die because of the temperature but should they be allowed to be comfortable at the expense of the taxpayers?

One size fits all clothing never seems to fit me and throwing a blanket over something this large never will cover every possibility. Our government needs to stop telling people what to do and let us live our own lives. I do not want my tax dollars wasted anymore than the next person but our politicians need to lead by example and stop gambling our money away and using our taxes for immoral purposes.

I guess the only answer is to have a society with no poor people. Of course this will never happen so we will just have to live with disappointment. People will always come up with ways to scam the system and take advantage of the rest of us. I cannot stop it anymore than I can say that I do not want my tax dollars going to building weapons of war or illuminating Christmas lights on public property.

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