Saturday, December 02, 2006

Time-It Lube Offense

Now, I am a simple person. I have to get my oil change just like any other Joe Blow that doesn't have the time/facilities to do it themselves. Today I went to Time-It Lube to get my oil changed. The service was fine. The guy was nice. The recommendations were good. The price was reasonable as well since it is Wednesday and ladies get 15% off.

I drove home and parked in my carport and started to go through the receipt before putting it in my glove compartment. Here is where my story may sound a little whiney to you, and I do feel as if I am PMS'ing (even though I just finished.) Behind the first register receipt, stapled to the rest of my paperwork (comment card, invoice of services performed etc) there was a 3x5 card with the Time-It Lube logo on it.

This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.

Now, there is more to this little inspirational message, however, I stopped reading right there. I don't know why, but the simple mention of "God" started my blood boiling. I thought I was just going to get my oil changed. I did not expect to be handed religious literature. I was actually quite offended.

I am not Christian, and this might explain my frustration. I do not believe in "God." Now really, this is my business only. Religion is a personal thing. It is a personal preference. It doesn't matter what I believe. It doesn't matter what anyone else believes. I just don't want to be handed a piece of paper with your beliefs on it when I am spending good money for your services. What does religion have to do with getting my oil changed? What does religion have to do with the service industry at all?

It really made me sick to my stomach. I know I live in the South, and I know that this is the Bible belt; however, it doesn't mean that I am going to spend my money at an establishment that decides that they can preach to me. If you want to give me a little card with an inspirational message on it either make it non denominational or figure out what my beliefs are before blindly handing it to me assuming that it would be appreciated.

I know I am most likely overreacting to this. I just really can't shake the fact that I am in a country that a certain majority is so blindly lead that they will let religion influence their lives to a point where they don't even question where their beliefs come from… the history of their religion.

It makes me cringe when I hear that Wal Mart is going to say Merry Christmas again because they don't feel like they have to respect other people's religion. Well, what if I were to say Happy Yule back? Would they even understand what I was saying? Would they even understand that the spirit of Christmas traditions started in Pagan religions? Would they even understand the fact that Jesus wasn't even born in December and in all likelihood was born in the spring when the lambs were lambing and the shepherds were tending to their sheep? Some people do not even know that the Puritans in Europe sought to banish Christmas because of that very thing, because it is a pagan holiday.

Anyone remember May Day? The first of May? When we would dress in pastels and tie ribbons to a pole and run around it weaving the ribbons together? This is an old Pagan ritual. It is to celebrate Beltane. Beltane is a Pagan holiday that celebrates fertility. The May Pole back then was made as a big phallic symbol of a penis. The young girls and boys of marrying age would run around it with their ribbons weaving in and out, but they would be naked and touching each other as they passed. Then when the festivities were done they would run out to the woods with the partner they had chosen and have sex. Kids who do little May Pole dances have no clue as to where this tradition came from, nor do almost all of their parents.

There is a lot that I don't know. There is a lot that people can't prove. Faith is faith. One faith is not better than another. The only time faith or religion is bad is when people abuse it by using it to do ill, or inflict suffering upon someone. In my religious beliefs there are two rules to go by:

1. And it harm none, do what thou wilt.
2. Everything you do (for good, or for ill) comes back to you 3-fold.

All I am asking is that I can go get my oil changed in peace. I am certainly not going to use the services at Time-It Lube again. I just don't understand the connection to God and getting your car serviced. Religion is man made, and so are cars. Maybe that is it?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's Been a Long Time

So, I havne't posted on this website in quite some time. I am surprised that I even still remember how to sign in. I have been caught up in the MySpace craze and if you want to check out my blog on there, feel free.

So, I might be double posting on here and on there, but either way I am going to try and keep up with things around here.

Thanks for reading (if anyone does)


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