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(aside: 'naming day' makes me want to convert to Catholicism).
Anyway, you know how at Christenings everyone knows what's going on, every dresses smartly, you know where to stand, the vicar does his splishy-splashy thing then you all fuck off, right? And it's in a church so you adopt the proper solemn tone etc. Anyway, the 'naming day' wasn't in a church obvs, it was in a Sea Scout hut in Croydon (nice). And some people wore smart casual, some people wore casual, one person wore a suit. And no-one knew what to do or what was going on really. And then they started the whole ceremony bit and it was all kind of awful readings from crap books etc, but the WEIRD THING was that the sea scouts of this particular sea scout hut were affiliated to HMS Puma or somesuch. So, at the end of the hall, above where the ceremony was taking place, was a big glass case. With a massive stuffed puma in it. And as the ceremony piddled on, and no-one knew how to act etc because there's no TRADITION, everyone, one by one, just started staring at the puma. It was a bit weird I thought.
If you're going to reject religion and so on, why bastardise an event which is purely religious and make it a total non-event where loads of people basically fill the absense of god with a stuffed puma? I mean, waaaaah? It makes no sense - just do nothing.
PRTY LULZ THO
I mean a naming isn't in any way inherently religious and it's got the scope to be quite a nice ceremony...Royter's event sounds mental though. I want to see this puma now. Where is this puma?
But it's basically just a rubbish-in-a-brilliant-way Christening. Kinda obvious that they were going for a baptism without any of the religion to it. I imagine a more subdued affair would be Dull Central.
like I felt I was there and I kind of zoned out a bit
like they could hold up the child face the north south east west and tell t he directions the childs name (shout it) (or get the child to)
shout/tell any significant natural landmarks too, mountains/hills waterfalls, rivers....shout/tell the sun, the moon, the stars.
To update it you could shout/tell the name to city centres (they might spend a lot of time in them when young adults/youths.
Name them to earth air water and fire also, and to the winds.
I think thats a dead cool naming ceremony, and the humanists who want a ceremony can do this without using any deities names or anything.
other things too but i cant remember them.
ive just been a few hours reading my notes for philosophy(and my writing is appalling), so im in no mood man. just trust me.
its just like Christianity but if its adherents pretended not to believe in God
I'm not sure what I think after reading that book but it makes some crazily good points.
its cute that they have decided that they need some sort of ritual to mark it.....what would have been even better would have been to have used the unexpected presence ofg the puma to be included in one of his/her middle names....like when some people get born, if something is happening ' like raining in the morning then they could be called 'morning rain'
Perhaps this persons 'indian' middle name could be 'obscure puma'
and dig the fact that there's not as much stigma attached to saying you find the idea of God a bit, y'know, retarded.
But it's celebrity adherents tend to annoy me. I don't like religion and I don't believe in Gods or goblins, but I don't get in peeps faces about it unless they're getting in mine.
It won't take off because it's sort of becoming the in-thing now to say you're open to the concept of religion just to piss off the secular humanists.
intelligent but quite barmy, I dont think he's ever had a proper 'relationship' if you know what i mean, yet he wasnt ugly or unintelligent, or violent or even uninteresting......just bizarre.
as i said hes an avid secular humanist