My Balls Itch... Maybe I Should Pray for Spray

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Friends, it is always nice to explore a country by just looking at a few aspects of its culture across a wide part of the society. For instance, when I sometimes take long hard looks at my own country, I usually view politics as a common thread that I can examine and explore. The politics of the U.S. are interesting because in the Northeast and West everyone votes for the best and most sane candidate, whereas in the South and Midwest everyone votes for George W. Bush. Funny how that works, huh?

Anyway, in Germany I wasn't interested in politics. As a tourist I can only see so many aspects of the country in my short visits, so I try to limit my scope a bit. Well by limit I mean I just look at whatever I want, see just a tiny fraction of it, and extrapolate for the whole. Kind of like stereotyping except that's not what I'm going to call it. I think instead I'll call it extrapotyping. Anyway, so I'm going to extrapotype religion in Germany, breaking it down piece-by-piece, or rather religion-by-religion. So here goes...

Islam: There is certainly a strong Muslim population in Germany, although the vast majority of these persons seem to be Turkish in ancestry. And the vast majority of those Turks seem to be running Italian restaurants. I'm not complaining because I like very much Turkish, Italian and German food, so some kind of weird mélange of the three is pretty nice. But this is pretty much the only place I saw Muslims. So I reckon that as far as extrapotyping for Muslims goes in Germany, they are only Turkish italianophiles. Okay.

Judaism: Where are the Jews? The answer is simple... ain't none. Yeah sure you'll run across the odd Judenstrasse or Synagogenstrasse or Judenfriedhof (i.e., Jewish cemetery which is unfortunately where most German Jews are today), but there is little else. For the life of me I can't understand why. (That was sarcasm and not pointed, please don't send me hate mail.)

Hinduism: Yeah, I don't effing think so. Despite the fact that the old saying goes (by others, not me) that there are a billion Indians in India and a billion everywhere else, I didn't see any in my little corner of Germany. And likewise noticed absolutely no display of the Hindu religion. That sucks too because I was craving some chicken vindaloo.

Christian [catholic varietal]: Martin Luther was one powerful man. And how!

Christian [protestant varietal]: Churches are about the only sign of Protestant Christianity left in Germany. I mean, everyone who has ever been anywhere knows that there are about 4 hundred billion churches in Europe and absolutely so many are wondrous monstrosities of some such era of architecture. I don't disagree with that sentiment, and I, like so many tourists, often bows down to the majesty of said churches and visits them with aplomb. Alas, on this trip, things were no different. From the vast cathedrals at Worms and Speyer to the affectionately ornate churches in Koblenz, I visited many. All were fun. Of course Protestantism is still very much alive in Germany. I won't doubt that, but you know, often we judge a king by his castle, and such is the same for religion.

So what does that say? Nothing, friends, nothing at all. I write this only as a crass exploration of something I care zilch for. Why? Because I hate religion. I hate what it has done to this world and continues to do. I hate when el presidente Jorge Bush waxes poetically about god and how he should bless America and curse the heathens (implied, my ignorant leader). I hate when Muslims burn Danish flags because of some stupid cartoon. I hate when the world hates Israel. I hate when Israel hates the world. I hate religion in any form. I certainly hate the religion of faith, as I've just pointed out, but I also hate the religion of nationalism, which can sometimes be just as deadly. Yes, I'm some kind of ridiculous, impossible dreamer liberal. Yes, I have false hopes for a borderless, religionless future where we all hold hands and sing songs together. Or do I? That would be pretty boring, wouldn't it?

I also visited the Black Forest. It was cold and amazing. I've attached some pictures I took at night to exemplify how absolutely well this place lives up to it's name. Enjoy!

Bye for now people. I'll be back. If you read this and have an opinion, please let me know. Until then, fuck all y'all... much love nonetheless though.
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Herr Tisch on

It's Saint Leon not Sankt Leon I know this for a fact .. I grew up in this town. Thank you very much. R Tisch

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