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I am completely and utterly sick of Facebook.

The hacking and the leaking of private information. The constantly changing interface.

The annoying requests to help find peoples’ virtual goats, or to help their “mafia” whack some sucka.

The bullshit memes which spread like viruses.

The people whom I haven’t seen in years who ask to be my “friend” then get pissed off at what I have to say and don’t talk to me.

The folks with whom I wish I could have real discourse but who now refuse to speak to me except through Facebook chat.

It seems like Facebook is taking over our lives. Even Wal-Mart has fallen to its wiles with big “Find us on Facebook” ads on their receipts.

I thought — in the beginning — it would be a good way for friends and family to keep in touch. But I think its gotten out of hand.

Enough is enough.

Nick David Wright photographer

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I decided recently to devote a little more energy to my photography.

So I invested in my own URL and have committed to putting a little money into having a real web site. Here’s the link: http://www.nickdavidwright.net/

Of course I did the design work myself. I like simple sites.

If anyone is interested I use a program called Shutterbug for all my web design work. It’s a very unique program. I didn’t like it at first, it handles things differently than any other design program I’ve ever used. But once I got my head around how it does what it does I’ve come to really like it.

How fundamentalism sabotaged my life

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I recently picked up the book “I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah’s Witness Upbringing,” by Kyria Abrahams, from the library.

It’s a story about a girl growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, later to be “disfellowshipped.” I’m not particularly interested in reading about JWs but a snippet from the cover jacket caught my eye …

“… explores the ironic absurdity of growing up believing that nothing matters because everything’s about to be destroyed.”

And that resonated with me, because that’s pretty much what I grew up believing.

I wasn’t taken to particularly extreme churches as a child, but the groundwork was laid. And when I found myself cast out of my mother’s house after turning 18, newly married and out in the real world on my own for the first time in my life, that early conditioning took control.

I never finished high school. I was failed my senior year for handing out “Chick tracts,” and I didn’t go back. College was out of the question because the rapture would happen any minute, why waste time in class when I could be out “winning souls.” Not that — to my knowledge — I ever actually won any souls. Funny how constantly arguing with people about how wrong they are tends to turn them away.

Eventually I realized how insane I was being and quit. Quit everything to do with Christianity. In fact, I declared myself pagan. But by that time the damage was done. I was too busy earning a living to go back to school. I’d found myself a career that I was good at that didn’t require schooling (photojournalism) and I coasted on that for nearly 10 years.

Now here I am 31 years old trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. One thing I will be doing … living.

Exclusion

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Christianity today is a religion of exclusion, i.e. what we don’t do, who we exclude.

But reading the words of Christ it seems to me that he intended to create a faith of people who were inclusive. He said “Love one another,” and he lived it while hanging out with the “dregs” of society.

Christ came not to condemn (John 3:17) and told us frankly not to judge (Matthew 7:1), and yet Sunday after Sunday so-called men of God thunder messages of condemnation and judgement from their pulpits.

I think it is very important to note that Christ’s only recorded words of condemnation were aimed squarely at the religious leadership.

How have we as followers of this man fallen so far from the ideals that he taught?

I was impressed by a monologue found at the end of the movie “Chocolat;”

“I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do. By what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we create and who we include.”

Life as usual

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Hi, all. It’s been a while since I posted here. So I thought I’d better write something.

About the time I wrote that last post, I was having frequent severe headaches. I quickly realized I got the headaches when I was on my iPod. The last day I had the thing, I got on it for about five minutes checking my email and I could feel one coming on. So I took it right out and sold it. Haven’t had another of those headaches since.

Haven’t done much bicycling since I hurt my foot. Shortly after the foot incident my wife’s tire went bad and I have yet to replace it. So we’ve been going on more walks than rides.

Been very busy at work. Which is a good thing. Life is going very very good.

Got myself a web site and blog set up dedicated strictly to my photography. You can find it here: http://www.nickdavidwright.net/

I’ve got lots of thoughts filling up my head which I need to get down on paper so look for it soon.

Be well.

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