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Einstein, faith, and turtles, turtles all the way down

6 Oct

The most popular man on Pinterest? If you guessed one or both of the Hemsworth brothers, you’re wrong. It’s this guy.

Einstein’s inspiring quotes have made him one of the most repinned men on Pinterest. Surely, you’ve seen this one around:

Screencap of a Pinterest pin. Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

I just love it when pinners write my commentary for me. See Sanderella’s (Great name!) comment for my feelings on the overly generous quote. I get the felling that the above is just Einstein trying to be nice; it doesn’t actually mean that he believes everyone is as smart as he is. See his thoughts on stupidity:

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

Einstein, capable of delivering quite third degree burns verbally, was an exceptionally clever man on all counts. See his theory of relativity, and this quote on mixing patterns:

See? Perfectly logical, and accredited with certainty with more certainty than the insanity below to Einstein, apparently quite the fashionista.

Not all Einstein quotes on Pinterest are, however, drawn from the scientist, or even from common sense. The most pinfuriating “Einstein” repin is probably this missive:

Take time to read, it’s worth reading, trust you? I don’t trust any pin that originates on Facebook from a blacked-out username.

The conversation is supposedly between Einstein and a professor, and in it Einstein successfully proves the existence of God by disproving the teacher’s belief in the scientific process. Maybe. Does something about this pin seem off to you? Congratulations!

Animated gif from ratatouille of a chef toasting the main character, congratulations on your non idiocy.

Something is off: the entire pin. Here’s how the conversation the pin captures would have started if it were drawn from real life, not a religious fantasy of science submitting to faith:

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FYI: You need your father’s permission to emote

22 May

Heart damaged by love? This pin leads to a blog, Femina Girls, which would like you to know that for every time you fall in love, your heart becomes damaged, and less able to love. Unless you pray to God for forgiveness! In which case, he may give you a new heart, which makes all of this “train your heart” BS completely pointless. The main crux of the “training” is the belief that love  is a finite, limited object, and if you use it too recklessly, you’ll run out.

Where did the women behind Femina Girls discover this important information? THE BIBLE. Obvi. Nothing about boundless love in there.

The post this pin leads to pretends to attack the notion of “guarding your hearts”, but then comes out in firm support of the “old-fashioned” (ie from an imagined time in America’s purer, more decent past that doesn’t actually exist) concept. Here are the basics:

“Just because you “feel” something doesn’t make it ok. We too often think that when we “feel” a certain way, that somehow validates it. If it’s something you shouldn’t be feeling, make yourself stop. Pray for grace. If your “feeling” is a sin, confess it.” Bury your emotions! Lead yourself not into temptation! BAER. To feel anything properly, you need your father’s authorization. Read on:

An image of a link to the blog, with comments about how it is important for women to GUARD THEIR HEARTS

Guard your hearts, ladies! They can only love properly once, at least where women are concerned; men, apparently, can fall in love as often as they like.

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