Welcome to Grind My Gears, Rant Off! Really need to get something off your chest? Some problem bothering you enough to warrant a few paragraphs? You’ve come to the right place. Here we don’t bash on each other. We don’t make sly comments questioning our competence, capability, skills, or beliefs. If we honestly disagree with what someone said and you must say something, then rant away. (Attack the ideas, not the believer.) Of course I still encourage comments and questions for any post, but this isn’t a place to debate; it is a place to hear opposing and diverse in depth thoughts pertaining to each of us. We will learn more about each other and at the same time maybe more then that. If we can route some of that rage appearing on other threads here, maybe we can make this place even friendlier. Well I’ll start this off with the first rant: Sometimes this world makes me go with how unreasonable and backwards it can be. I often wonder if it is possible to really escape from the influence of Modern Judeo-Christian Society. Themes of free-will, saviors, sins, demons/angels, self-sacrifice, discriminations, etc. etc. have infiltrated and seeped into just about any named work. The ones that don't stick to the paradigm, make that the point, which in a way, isn't much different than not making the point and abusing those themes. So we abuse the themes because as a decadent society we have chosen themes to abuse. As writers we either write with our own personal beliefs or with common beliefs. Either way, escaping the roots of our perceived cultural reality, is damn hard, shameful, terrifying, and overall leaves us feeling lonely. If you can manage a book on top of all that, then making it marketable is still another challenge. I don't have anything against any Religion personally, islamic or otherwise, but I am well versed in Christianity and The Bible. I've read it, and I was impressed and let down at the same time. It did make me realize why Religion isn't so bad. It really is whatever the people need it to be.(i.e. It fits w/e agenda it needs to. It’s malleable.) The Middle East uses it to get people to become terrorist. We use it to believe 'why we shouldn't yell at that annoying person who won't shut up', or to turn down a tempting amount of cash in some shady business. It can be both good and bad and there isn't a clever way to distinguish one way or another. We are simply caught in it's storm and don't have much a choice otherwise. It enables us as much as it holds us back, and it's hard to determine whether it will end, what will end it, and will it be for the better? There is a lot of interesting perspectives that many would find appalling but could result in the 'bright' future we expect in ourselves. I'm wondering how bad it has to get before we start listening to the people who are trying to be the real heroes.(e.g. Food Inc., Whistleblowers, and books like ‘Pure, White, and Deadly.’) It's not me of course, but if I can give them some attention, then maybe they can gain the traction they deserve. End Rant, I feel much better.