Friday, October 22, 2010

Responding to book burnings

Today a pastor picked up a new car, and it was on the news. What does it take to be so significant that acquiring material goods becomes a headline? How do we go about attaining such fame and acclamation that the world pivots according to our decisions?

The pastor is famous. Famous for planning on burning Korans. His car, the ill-gotten reward of tugging on a true Christian’s heart strings. Some athlete or another offered the pastor a car in exchange for promising not to burn the books. I’ve spent long enough not dignifying the pastor’s antics with a response. So here it goes:

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his soul?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slap my cheek and call me sucker

Why am I such a sucker for perceived deals. i know all the marketing gimmicks. I understand that perceived urgency creates a false desire for a product. I understand that greater income overwrites the paltry sums given out in a sweepstakes.

And yet, I can’t stop buying McDonald’s with that small hope of winning 10,000. I’m not greedy. I know it’s nearly impossible to win the million bucks. But 10k seems somehow achievable. It’s like the judgment center of my brain switches off. The id takes over (which, consequently, is a great name for a punk nuveau band). I stay up late waiting for that next wootoff gem. I can’t believe my calamitous circumstance when my body’s need for rest has robbed me of a steal. Especially if that includes a 6 pack (or 3) of flexible grilling skewers. Sure they are just glorified quarter inch steel cable, but they were cheap! Or I consume empty calories for the sake of winning some for free.

Where did that winning game token that promised me the adventure of a free beef sandwich go, anyway? Ah yes, in my wallet next to it’s glorious bride who bids me to consume a free mcflurry.

They say it’s not a deal if you don’t need it. I say have your mc cakewich and eat it too! You will have to excuse me, as I am now the instant proud owner of 30 coke points, whatever those are. I must go sell my personal information to obtain it’s high fructosey goodness.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why i do it

This is why i'm in the business of bringing hope: