Sunday, September 28, 2008


is a German word which tranliterates as damage-joy and translates as the less than pleasant practice of taking pleasure or satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.

I am at serious risk of Schadenfreude here, but after a lifetime of doubt at the irrationalism of religion, this story about a Baptist Church college teacher,  and obviously a Christian, who took his students on a 3 week tour of Thailand to teach his students about compassion and community service getting struck by lightning and killed is just too full-on.

I think it actually makes the statement offered by School Chairman Rod White "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family " tip over from irony into cruel sarcasm. Like, the last thing you would want to do is pray to the God, on whose service he was there in the first place and who then let him get struck by lightning and die. Right? Well, unless you're a Christian and as irrational as a gambling addict who's going to win the jackpot, today, finally.

It's just too much. If ever you needed proof that there just is no God and that we are all together on this trainwreck of existence then this would have to be a contender for first prize.

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