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Insights about Trauma

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You are the traumas that you have not transcended. Some traumas can be denied, but never be transcended. In most cases, religion becomes about denying that trauma ever happens: nobody really dies, pain happens for a reason even if we do not understand it, God is in control and he has a plan. I can understand there's a serious temptation to believe it (although most people inherit a religion and continue it out of habit) but it's all a bunch of bullshit, tulle and silk covering up the monstrous truth. Those are my insights as I get into the 5th Palahniuk novel that I have read so far: Diary, Fight Club, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke.

I came to Palahniuk by way of author Christopher Moore's reading list. I have a cult of my own known as the Meat Thinkers, which I think of as the atheist version of the Gideon's Society (you know--those Bibles in hotel rooms that say "Placed by Gideon's"). I'm all about variety, and giving people a choice of what to read when they contemplate suicide in some hotel room. With a good book, at least you're apt to keep reading to find out how it turns out--a temporary raison de etre, nes pas?--but I assure you that never happens with the Bible. Although, I did get lots of laughs over the painstaking detail of pomegranites, purple, red, and silver threads and just-so instructions for the construction of the Ark. Jehova missed his calling as an interior decorator.