I have been a very bad girl. I'm sorry I've been absent so long. Something I regret everyday is my unwillingness to express myself. I'm not exactly a hermit, but I've been called such, and would tend to agree. One thing I love and despise about my search for knowledge and understanding is the way in which it applies to me. My love of knowledge extends to my self-awareness, and sometimes that isn't so shiny. Everyone has their issues, and while mine overwhelm me at times, I can say that I am glad to be able to regard mine in a reasonable, clinical manner.

::sigh:: Enough self-pity. Back to things more entertaining and thought-provoking. Like this: while at work today (I serve tables at a Thai restaurant) I heard two obviously Christian gentlemen talking about Islam. The older one said that he was trying to understand how Islam had been so 'corrupted' in the Middle East. "Really, Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, but it's been corrupted by it's own followers," he said to his younger, Japanese counterpart. I wanted to ask him if he'd ever bothered to crack open the Quran. Had he perhaps gotten all the way to the Battle of Badr in chapter 3? Or the following quote from Chapter 9, in reference to the Battle of Badr? Because I'm pretty sure there's a whole lot of not-peaceful things in that one. For instance:

47:4. When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if God had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of God, He will not send their works astray.

Does that sound like peace to you? How about empathy? Reason? No?

This exact verse ran through my head as these men talked. I would have loved to have been a patron today, instead of staff. It disturbs me that people can make such ill-informed statements as if they're fact. Islam is peace? Jesus is the light, the truth, and the way? Don't get me started. Ever received one of those clever little Death/Life cards? You know the saying: "The wages of sin is Death, but the promise of God is everlasting Life?" or some approximate nonsense? I get those all the time, and I've taken to calling them the 'threat cards'. That is what it is, after all. Love God or burn. My way or the highway. When people leave them for me as tip, I remember them, and refuse to serve them next time they come in. Maybe I lose money, but I save my pride. I dunno, some might say it's better to take their money, but honestly, the $2 they'll leave me (regardless of the tab) isn't worth it.

And I'm right back into that self-pity thing again.

Alright, nighty-night. Time to put the husband to shame at Mega-Man 9, hehe ;)

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