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Alyssa Oliver
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Live and let live: a jumble of thoughts about religion and humanity 

It's just past 1 am, right now, so I'm not sure how well any of this will read to a well-rested mind.

It is no secret that I am incredibly fascinated by bits of ancient history, most notably the era of the Vikings. A part of that fascination heavily involves old paganism and Heathenry and its presence in modern day religion, as well, from Christianity to Neopaganism. It's just really cool to read about, fact or fiction.

Now, this post of mine is about to diverge into what could be seen as a pretty "controversial" opinion, to say the least, but it's something I've been thinking for a long time. Well, at least since my freshman year in high school. You see, I took an advanced placement human geography course that year instead of the normal physical geography that many other people took. I was capable and had always taken advanced courses, so I thought, "why not?" Anyway, our first major project involved the religions of the world. It was in this class that I learned that Christianity, historically, was not the first religion, nor would it be the last.

I chose to study the Shinto religion of ancient Japan. Shintoism came about in approximately 1,000 B.C.E.; and that's even after the Babylonian religion, drawn from Hammurabi's stele around 1,800 B.C.E., originated, not to mention in a whole other section of the world. Now, Christianity didn't originate until the first century, or so, before common era, some sources estimate between 4 B.C.E. and 1 B.C.E.

See, this is where the controversial stuff comes in, so, please, if you choose to continue reading, understand that this is just a massive web of a theory that's been sitting within my head for years. If all of these religions existed before and continue to exist after Christianity (as what it was and what it is now), then how can we really consider the Christian god to be the one and only god?

It's universally accepted that something created the universe as we know it. Since the dawn of time, some form of life has inhabited the Earth, and since the dawn of humanity, there has always been a desire for inner peace. Now, people can't have one thing without something that opposes it, so with peace came fear, and a being's greatest fear, I like to think, is death. The greatest way to quell the fear of death is to find a way to believe in a comfortable afterlife. Now, that entity that created this world stuck around and helped the beings of the world to find that afterlife. Thus, religion was born—or something like that.

Every religion and belief has its stories of creation from the Garden of Eden to the regions of Yggdrasil to even the Big Bang, and I really like to think that the cosmic entity that created the universe had its role in all of it for the same reason: to appeal to the people in a way that helped them understand and to best find their comfort. (Does that make sense?) Many monotheistic religions, Christianity included, believe that their god is totally omnipotent, as in all-seeing and all-powerful. I think that this is very true because that one, single god is the entirety of the cosmic entity that created the world and everything within it. Polytheistic religions that have multiple gods with and for multiple purposes, like the pagan beliefs of Vikings and the Indigenous people of the Americas and even the idol worshippers in several Eastern religions, can find that cosmic entity splitting itself to meet the needs of its people.


- See more at: alyoh.blogspot.com/2015/05/liv…
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Halestorm
  • Playing: Fallout 3

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Honestly, I should probably cry,
but I’ve wasted enough tears on you.
Honestly, I should be surprised,
but this has happened too many times before.
Honestly, I should be angry and upset,
but I’m only indifferent and disappointed.
I suppose that once you’re estranged,
it’ll never change,
and I don’t know why
I honestly thought that
one day could make up for twenty years.
Honestly
Just a tiny poetic rant from the beginning of the year.

It's still relevant. 



Don't ask about rhythm. 

Just read it with a dead beat.

Haha ha ha.. get it? Dead beat?



Deadbeat.
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Live and let live: a jumble of thoughts about religion and humanity 

It's just past 1 am, right now, so I'm not sure how well any of this will read to a well-rested mind.

It is no secret that I am incredibly fascinated by bits of ancient history, most notably the era of the Vikings. A part of that fascination heavily involves old paganism and Heathenry and its presence in modern day religion, as well, from Christianity to Neopaganism. It's just really cool to read about, fact or fiction.

Now, this post of mine is about to diverge into what could be seen as a pretty "controversial" opinion, to say the least, but it's something I've been thinking for a long time. Well, at least since my freshman year in high school. You see, I took an advanced placement human geography course that year instead of the normal physical geography that many other people took. I was capable and had always taken advanced courses, so I thought, "why not?" Anyway, our first major project involved the religions of the world. It was in this class that I learned that Christianity, historically, was not the first religion, nor would it be the last.

I chose to study the Shinto religion of ancient Japan. Shintoism came about in approximately 1,000 B.C.E.; and that's even after the Babylonian religion, drawn from Hammurabi's stele around 1,800 B.C.E., originated, not to mention in a whole other section of the world. Now, Christianity didn't originate until the first century, or so, before common era, some sources estimate between 4 B.C.E. and 1 B.C.E.

See, this is where the controversial stuff comes in, so, please, if you choose to continue reading, understand that this is just a massive web of a theory that's been sitting within my head for years. If all of these religions existed before and continue to exist after Christianity (as what it was and what it is now), then how can we really consider the Christian god to be the one and only god?

It's universally accepted that something created the universe as we know it. Since the dawn of time, some form of life has inhabited the Earth, and since the dawn of humanity, there has always been a desire for inner peace. Now, people can't have one thing without something that opposes it, so with peace came fear, and a being's greatest fear, I like to think, is death. The greatest way to quell the fear of death is to find a way to believe in a comfortable afterlife. Now, that entity that created this world stuck around and helped the beings of the world to find that afterlife. Thus, religion was born—or something like that.

Every religion and belief has its stories of creation from the Garden of Eden to the regions of Yggdrasil to even the Big Bang, and I really like to think that the cosmic entity that created the universe had its role in all of it for the same reason: to appeal to the people in a way that helped them understand and to best find their comfort. (Does that make sense?) Many monotheistic religions, Christianity included, believe that their god is totally omnipotent, as in all-seeing and all-powerful. I think that this is very true because that one, single god is the entirety of the cosmic entity that created the world and everything within it. Polytheistic religions that have multiple gods with and for multiple purposes, like the pagan beliefs of Vikings and the Indigenous people of the Americas and even the idol worshippers in several Eastern religions, can find that cosmic entity splitting itself to meet the needs of its people.


- See more at: alyoh.blogspot.com/2015/05/liv…
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Halestorm
  • Playing: Fallout 3
Hoping to get my guitar this week yay

Also, I forgot how much I adore Moira Brown~
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Kamelot
  • Playing: Fallout 3
Aby - sketch - wip by AlyOh
Aby - sketch - wip
shitty instagram photo of a sketch i'm not too happy with

i've been meaning to redraw aby but

idk it's not working out
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Great news! I will be getting a guitar next week! (Or possibly the week after, depending.)

I’m excited to start learning. Even my semester elective is a class that will help me learn to play the guitar! I’m incredibly excited. The teacher seems so cool. 

While my class doesn’t start until the fall, I want to get it now to start getting to know it, yknow? Learn a few chords, get a little practice done, that kind of thing. I’m a baby, sure, but it’d be nice to go into the class with a teensy bit of experience. :D

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Kamelot
  • Playing: Dragonball XV: Xenoverse

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