@crackdkettle passing on family traditions.
Choosing a denomination is more than agreeing with their theology.It’s not just choosing a denomination because you align with their teachings. You choose a church, not just for the theology, but for the people and the culture surrounding them.
Denominations come with cultural norms, inside jokes, odd quirks, and personal identities. To be an evangelical, for instance, is a defined thing, and when you are with other evangelicals, even those you’ve never met, you have shared enough culture that you speak the same Christianese, you watched the same Veggie Tales videos in Sunday School, went on the teen retreats where you cried and rededicated your life, visited (or wanted to visit) the Creation Museum, participated in street evangelism, etc. The culture surrounding your church becomes a part of you.
Choosing a denomination is choosing a family. You’re not just choosing how you spend an hour (or more) on a Sunday, but where you will be married and where you will raise your kids. You find somewhere where you fit in and can contribute to the church culture, and help build the strange and lovely microcosm that is your personal piece of Christendom.
- me flirting: so on this one episode of star trek
Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.
People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings.
look, all i’ve done is whine all day to crackdkettle so i’ll spare you all the tmi, but i’m just saying, for the record, that there has got to be a better way to get the benefits of a pap smear than an actual pap smear. it’s archaic. and so clearly invented by someone who never actually had to live through one.
For many Americans, modern medical advances have made death seem more like an option than an obligation. We want our loved ones to live as long as possible, but our culture has come to view death as a medical failure rather than life’s natural conclusion.
At a certain stage of life, aggressive medical treatment can become sanctioned torture. When a case such as this comes along, nurses, physicians and therapists sometimes feel conflicted and immoral. We’ve committed ourselves to relieving suffering, not causing it. A retired nurse once wrote to me: “I am so glad I don’t have to hurt old people any more.”
When families talk about letting their loved ones die “naturally,” they often mean “in their sleep” — not from a treatable illness such as a stroke, cancer or an infection. Choosing to let a loved one pass away by not treating an illness feels too complicit; conversely, choosing treatment that will push a patient into further suffering somehow feels like taking care of him. While it’s easy to empathize with these family members’ wishes, what they don’t appreciate is that very few elderly patients are lucky enough to die in their sleep. Almost everyone dies of something.
if you’ve ever wondered how lazy i am, i’m literally lying in bed pricing camelpaks right now because i’m so thirsty but also i don’t want to sit up in order to actually take a drink.