Insights about Trauma
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.
This is a really good idea.