Heaven or Hell?

Something quite common to modern western society is an on going joke about going to Hell and in all honesty, I cannot understand it. It was not until recently that I realised how common the words “oh I’m going to Hell for that” “ha well I’ll see you there!!!” are mindlessly uttered. Has the concept of Hell been forgotten? When you look into scripture, Hell is a place of separation from God which is meant to be a feeling so horrid, so terrible, so excruciating, that it is like nothing we could ever experience on earth. 

So why is it glamourised? Why do bands like the pretty reckless sing about going there(literally they have an album called ‘going to hell’)? Even to those who are atheists or even theists who believe hell does not exist, what is the appeal? Why is it so amusing to joke about going to a place of pure horror and why would anyone actually entertain the thought of spending eternity there?

It truly amazes me how much those in the Middle Ages feared the burning pits of Hell, clearly shown through the countless number of paintings, pamphlets and woodcuts displaying excruciating torture that the people believed they would face in Hell. If they saw the way we acted today there is no doubt they would believe Judgement Day was not far off. 

Originally I had thought the reason behind all of this was satire. That the people using hell as a joke were just mocking the Church but now I no longer believe that. My main presumption now is that it is connected to the desire to rebel and the attraction to performing forbidden acts. However these activities that the church frowns upon  i.e. promiscuous sex, excessive gambling and the abuse of alocohol, are not what hell is full of. As mentioned above, it is a tortuous place, and just because those who indulge in these activities may be destined for hell (in some people’s eyes) this does not mean that that’s what hell is full of.

To be honest, I have no real answers to these questions, all I know is that in my eyes the modern view on Hell seems somewhat distorted and has turned into a joke. If anyone has any ideas please share them with me, I would love to know anyone else’s opinion on this. 

I hope I have given you all a little bit of food for thought,

Niamh 

Give pea(eaters) a chance!

So I have been a vegetarian for about a year and a half now and I can honestly say I have not once shoved that in anyone else’s face and told them that they too should stop eating meat. As much as I wish everyone would stop eating meat I know that this is not only unrealistic but shouting at someone to cut out the chicken isn’t going to work. One thing I have noticed, however, is the amount of stick vegetarians and vegans get themselves. Honestly all you have to do is tell someone you want to stop eating animal products and BAM they suddenly become a nutritional expert telling you how you need to eat meat for protein and you can’t possibly get enough calcium without drinking milk. Yet they will have no problem with you stuffing your gob with the processed mystery meat from KFC, which undoubtedly is far more dangerous to your health. 

The reason this reaction irritates me so much is because pushing their eating habits onto others is what so many people think vegetarians and vegans do, when in reality it’s quite the opposite. I can guarantee more veggies get stick for being veggie than meat eaters do for eating meat. A great example of this can be seen on vegansidekick.com a website of cartoons which exaggerate the comments vegan and vegetarians get everyday. It is a great way to explain to people what it’s like being vegan and how ridiculous so many arguments against veganism are. 

I know that some vegetarians and vegans do campaign hard for what they believe in and (I am probably bias) but to me, that’s cool. You see most of the time they take an advisory position, explaining the pros of not eating meat rather than aggressively going around with a megaphone shouting at people walking into KFC. Meat eaters, on the other hand, seem to have a far more aggressive reaction to vegetarians and vegans, telling them that they are wrong for not eating meat, rather than an ‘it would be better if you did eat meat and here’s why’ type of response that vegetarians have. 

The bottom line is that vegetarians and vegans get a lot of hate they do not deserve when, at the end of the day, their dietary decisions are doing more to save this beautiful planet than yours probably are. Like a vegetable loving superhero.

Enjoy your day,

Niamh

Blog

Blog is a weird word. It almost sounds like you have a blocked nose when said out loud and also like a character living in Middle Earth. Regardless of what it sounds like, a blog is really an ingenious idea. A perfect platform for anyone with a head full of ideas they wish to share with others. Whether or not anyone reads the posts is sometimes somewhat irrelevant to the value of what is written. I guess that’s why, for now, I’m not going to promote this blog, not until I feel the value of what I write is good enough not to depend on how many people read it. What the blog will contain will be anything from book reviews and ideas that flash up on train journeys to my views on a particular current affair, the latter being the most common. I have a lot of views on current affairs (something not everyone likes) that I wish to discuss with others, hence the creation of this blog. I want to interact with others, hear their opinion, possibly learn from them. The second reason for this blog is as a record of this era of my life, the events and memories that will impact who I grow into. For now, however, anyone reading this knows nothing at all about me, and honestly, I kinda like it that way. Sexy and mysterious? Making anyone curious? Most likely not, more of a ‘no one is at all ┬ábothered’ attitude I should imagine, but what do you expect from a girl who once watched three seasons of awkward in one night…

Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope a random act of kindness will make you smile,

Niamh