As you probably may have gathered from reading my other posts, you'll know that I have little respect for religion. I'm proud to call myself an Atheist, and think that's it's probably the only philosophy worthy of respect in a sea of morally bankrupt religions.
Christopher Hitchens seems to live in the same moral sea as I, and in keeping with this he's written a nice little article for Vanity Fair about the 10 "Commandments" - the moral framework set forth by the judeo-christian god.
He goes through all the biblical commandments one by one and deals with them as one would given today's ethical environment. I'm always horrified by people who treat the biblical commandments as if they're in some way a moral high point. They're really not, and I admit to being further horrified by the glaring omissions (genocide, rape, child abuse and care for the environment. Wouldn't an omnipotent god have known about these too?)
Well, Jacqui's off to Mexico for a few weeks, or a month, or maybe longer.
Thursday night Jacqui spent packing and I spent sorting out her laptop. Updated all the software and switched off automatic updates - Jacqui will be using the tethering function on her iPhone for internet and at $10 per megabyte, it could be very expensive! We ended up going to bed sometime around 4.
A few hours later, on Friday morning, we got up early and faffed about for exactly 7 minutes too long, and then battled our way through Friday Morning Traffic, moving at the exact same speed as Golden Syrup, before arriving at the airport exactly 7 minutes late.
"Sorry sir, check-in is now closed." the lady told us.
"Yes, but don't worry; you can get on the next flight for a $90 charge."
"Excellent! When's that then?"
"In 6 hours"
The lady was very nice though : not her fault we arrived late. She suggested that we might like to try s…