Tired of taxes?

Feeling taxed? Why not start a religion? They are tax-exempt after all.

Wait—I get the feeling that you think I am being facetious. I’m not.

For example, imagine a science fiction writer, unhappy with being paid poorly, and then taxed on top of that. He starts a religion, mixes in a smattering of psychiatry and then, for good measure, obscures facts with a bit of scientific façade. Throw in an alien overlord and bits and pieces from the pages of yesteryear’s pulpy science fiction. Extort the IRS into turning a blind eye—and voilà—a *”religion”* is born!

Ok. You got me. Clearly, I’m making all of this up. Forget that I brought this up, and go about paying your taxes. Sometimes, my imagination runs wild.

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“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”

—L. Ron Hubbard
Founder of Scientology

Smash the Patriarchy?

I just listened to a podcast that had a logo displayed throughout, stating:

“Smash the Patriarchy”

If this had been “Smash the Matriarchy” I suspect that there would be an uproar from women.

Why is it socially acceptable to hate, when men are the target?

The words “double standard” are coming to mind.

Smash the Patriarchy

WRONG

The assignment was at once simple and terrifying. Write a story.

“What type of story?” the boy asked.

“Any,” said the teacher.

“What do I write about?” he pondered out loud.

“Whatever you would like,” she responded.

With that, the barriers to creativity were shattered.

Continue reading “WRONG”

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