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Am I Weird or What?
By Brendan Carroll
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rated "G" by the Author.

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Unpopular/odd opinions or beliefs set us apart. Sometimes good; sometimes not so good.

I guess I've always gone against the grain. At first, it was done in complete innocence. That was just how I was.
In first grade, I wore shoes no one else wore because I liked them. I carried a lunch kit that was unlike the other kids because I picked it out myself. My Valentine box art project received a 'Unique' ribbon, but no prize. When everyone else brought cookies to the Christmas Party, I brought ham and cheese sandwiches.
Needless to say, I stood out from the crowd in almost every respect from looks (I had freckles and red hair) to clothing, accessories, toys and a warped sense of humor. These things brought many stares, much ridicule and a fair share of laughter, but I wasn't bullied. I was never bullied. I was much too big and tough to be bullied. Furthermore, I didn't much care what the other students thought of me.
The only time the derision hurt was when it came from my teachers. Teachers are not always the fantastic Wonder Women and Super Men some parents think they are. I had very few really good teachers before I got to college, and then I began to really enjoy school.
I said all that to say this: I believe that my views of life, cosmology (not to be confused with cosmetology), creation, evolution and all things occult are completely at odds with everyone I know.
My parents never understood me and quit trying; my sister still thinks I'm crazy; and what few friends I have or ever had think I'm eccentric, but 'interesting'.
Although I know millions of people around the world actually agree with me on various subjects; none of them agree with me on all points. It creates a very lonely pseudo-intellectual world for me.
Since I cannot possibly list all my obfuscated beliefs in such a short work, I'll just list a few of my more unusual musings
1.) I believe we are all immortal... not in the sense of wink-of-an-eye, raptured up, bound for the Promised Land, Bible-thumping, snake-handling, brush arbor evangelizing, southern-fried preaching declares... but rather through the very nature of life itself and the revolving cycle of reincarnation combined with the laws of physics and certain occult principles yet misinterpreted and misunderstood by the vast majority of people.
2.) I believe that humans probably took refuge here on earth in the distant past from some recently dead or dying world circling a dead or dying star. These refugees combined with the dominant Earth species at the time and evolved intelligently as the years went by.
3.) I am quite sure that time (being relative according to Einstein) is completely fluid and, like any other fluid, flows at different rates under different conditions, and I believe it is flowing very rapidly right now. Since time does not actually, physically interact with the cells of our bodies, we cycle through our lives at a fairly constant rate thereby explaining the discrepancies in lifespans listed in ancient history as opposed to modern lifespans.
You get the idea now, right?
Good. Now, I'm off to find a new pair of weird shoes while I still have time.

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/20/2013
On the contrary, I find you quite normal, although red hair and freckles is a very small portion of the world population and decreasing quite rapidly, to my dismay. Most people harbor believes that they do not express, wanting to fit in. If they find kindred spirits, and most any kind of belief out there has a social network of sorts on the Internet, they can "come out," at least with that particular group. The pressure to conform to what is considered a standard for society is very strong, starting with parents. For example, many left-handers are forced by their parents to become right-handers as soon as it is discovered that they are favoring their left hand.

Intuitive and creative people tend to break the bonds of conformity and therefore may be considered "weird."

As for your beliefs: (by the way, beliefs are not based on facts, although most people with beliefs will say that they are--repetition of a supposition does not make it a fact)

1. If we go down to the cellular level, yes. Our cells and the atoms in them are continually being recycled since the Big Bang. Whether any of our thoughts or remembrances transfer onto the next generation of offspring is questionable.

2. A common thought expressed most eloquently in Chariots of the Gods. Any entity capable of traveling between stars would not seek "refuge." With the intelligence of star travel, there is absolutely no need to "combine" with any life on earth.

3. Time, as most people know it is simply derived from the earth's rotation (a day) and the changing of the seasons in the North and Southern hemispheres (a year). All other time measurements in cosmology are defined through the velocity of objects, usually converted to years or light-years or parsecs. Why would time the flowing "more rapidly" now? We can't perceive time except by comparing it through external objects.

Ron
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 11/20/2013
well done
budd

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