I posted the other day how silly I thought this story was that these people were apparently being arrested for pissing off a mountain. I should have made that point clear. That was my only point, one cannot piss off a mountain. The people who worship the mountain, yes. A mountain, no. I said it when I posted that there are people all over the world trekking up mountains. In some cases, climbers have been criticized for leaving their feces behind. Apparently base camp at Mount Everest is a dumping ground. But none of those mountains have retaliated was my punch line. And the local people that worship continue to allow people to climb their places of worship. I am confident that the shrine I worship at will not be open to the public. It’s my private place. Even with a sign reading “Princess” above. I can say no more or news of it could get out.
Scientifically it is ludicrous to think a mountain attacked the human race by causing an earthquake because these people got naked. I will stand by that statement until the cows fly home with the pigs. And when they flock together I will come on here, in my little public forum, and apologize profusely for doubting the mountain and its followers. When I posted my thoughts some others jumped on my fool hearty band wagon agreeing with my, “this is ridiculous” statement. It was all fun and games until that one person got offended on the mountain’s behalf.
At the time of my post I didn’t make it clear that I actually believe these naked people were wrong. In trying to make a funny, I forgot to fuck up my punch line with footnotes to that effect. If these “young people” knew this was sacred ground as one of the guides said they did, they were wrong indeed. Whether you believe in the spirituality itself doesn’t matter. You cannot climb up on someone’s alter and shit on it. The “young people” (as they are referred to in the press) claim they didn't know, and they were just being young people. Being stupid young people. So shouldn’t they be charged with being stupid young people? Or indecent exposure, whichever costs the most. But jail time? For offending a mountain? Keep in mind please, that was the charge some spiritual people wanted to bring against them, “offending the mountain and causing an earthquake”. Sure you have a right to believe in that, but I have the same rights to not agree. Don’t I?
One cannot just strip naked wherever you want, even at the ends of the earth with other people getting naked, unless it's legal. And to know it is or isn’t legal means to know the laws of where you are at the time you are getting naked. And this is what the defence attorney argued and the judge agreed with, in Malaysia, at the hearing for the two Canadians involved. Law is law. Getting naked was the offence. Pissing off a mountain based on someone else’s spiritual belief, is not.
In defending the mountain someone referred to the naked young people (and by association anyone commenting on this article, including me) as, “typical North Americans”, both "self-righteous and ignorant" ... to the customs and beliefs of anyone outside of North America feeling it’s their right to shit in someone’s living room. It was something to that affect. I got really angry and deleted it all. I do that sometimes. It’s an impulse control thing when I can’t think straight. I often find myself being offended and hurt which then rolls lightning fast into being offended and angry as fuck. I have learned that’s part of who I am and to step away and breathe. So I deleted it all then sat on this for most of the afternoon thinking about how I really felt and what I wanted to say. And represented here is how I feel. I put on my big girl panties and wrote this. Oh, so you know, when I put on the aforementioned BGPs the outside did see me naked through an opening in my curtains so any rain today, totes my fault.
Here is my defence. The leader of the pack in this naked quest was not in fact from North America, but Europe. I believe there were some Brits and Dutch. Therefore, it was not “typical self-righteous ignorant North Americans” to blame entirely.
The defence rests.
No wait, I have more.
The truth is the entire world is full of self-righteous ignoramuses. I might even be one of them for thinking that being arrested for annoying a mountain is a plain old waste of time. I believe we have a right, as human beings to challenge, question, even joke (oh no you di’ant) about beliefs, religions and spirituality. But to literally shit on them, no, that might be pushing it. I did not mean to shit on the Malaysian people as a whole. I did mean to shit on the idea that you can be arrested for pissing on/off a mountain. Apparently these kids urinated on the mountain. When you gotta go…..I joke but really, where does one go up a mountain? On Everest they use plastic bags and then leave them apparently. Bleck.
This is one of Malaysia’s top tourist sites. (Per the old Wikipedia, “Malaysia's top tourist destinations are the Mulu Caves, Perhentian Islands, Langkawi, Petronas Towers and Mount Kinabalu [the offended mountain in question]”). It also happens to be a place of worship. These are very conflicting ideals. Profit versus worship. Well they should be conflicting but are not according to Pastor Bill Ray on the Huntley channel every Sunday morning. They are not as conflicting as one might think. The laws need to be made clear for all the self-righteous ignoramuses travelling to this site with their disposable incomes. No, that disposable income does not give them a right to shit on the Malaysian people. But this is a tourist site, a tourist trap, a money maker. If you are going to profit as a country off your tourist sites, and keep them as sacred places of worship, you need to make the rules clear to protect their integrity. The law needs to be clear because us ignoramuses be dumb. Apparently we like to get naked and think nothing of peeing when we have to pee.
For the record, I do not believe the Malaysian people stupid in general for believing in the spirituality of nature. I do believe that laws should be based on fact, scientific fact, and much less on religion. Religious law always segregate against differing beliefs or lack thereof. I don’t believe anyone has the right to arrest someone for offending a mountain any more than I think a Republican Christian Minister from Texas has the right to arrest a gay person because it offends their belief system. If that makes me typically self-righteous and ignorant, so be it.
I am no comedian but I believe that comedians have the right to say whatever the hell they want that’s why they are called rights and freedoms, granted to all. If I don't like it then I either cringe my way through it, leave, or heckle. If heckle is my choice then I had better expect a comeback. This is my heckle comeback. Yes, I am bracing myself. I expect to be called something else for being this ignorant. It’s funny because if I were a professional comedian then my words would likely be considered an "art form" and all bets would be off. I wouldn’t be criticized or called ignorant I would be called challenging and confrontational, thought provoking. Label it Art and most tend to climb down off the proverbial high horse. “Freedom of expression is your god given (if you believe in that sort of thing), right”, they say.
I need a guidebook to get around all these rules in today’s society, I really do. I have to mention that I do love when comedy is ironic. I call humans assholes allll the time which oddly enough makes me an asshole by default for that whole, “I am a human thing”.
It’s all so complicated.
You judge me for judging and I judge you for judging me. And none of us went to law school.