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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Can I choose d) Jainism? How about e) pantheism?

Are you by chance a directionless hipster? Someone who is into the body mods, but doesn't much care what he/she gets or what ideology lies behind it? Then this might just be the product for you: a random religion-choosing tattoo machine.
The strongest indication of a person’s religion is geography. You are born into your religion. That doesn’t make it irrelevant or incorrect–religion provides a framework for basic morality that’s very powerful and it gives people a cultural identity that spans borders. I’ve attended mass in Dutch, German, French, and Spanish and I’ve always felt like I belonged. While my personal experience with religion is one of inclusion, a system that unites people from different regions and cultures, the public face of religion is often one of exclusion. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish zealots who know what God wants. More specifically they know what God doesn’t want and apparently God does not want me...or you. This public face of religion is always so certain, self-confident, even arrogant. That anyone could possibly know the “truth” when that truth is randomly assigned at birth is just funny.  
Auto Ink is a three axis numerically controlled sculpture. Once the main switch is triggered, the operator is assigned a religion and its corresponding symbol is tattooed onto the persons arm. The operator does not have control over the assigned symbol. It is assigned either randomly or through divine intervention, depending on your personal beliefs.
Darn Abrahamic-centrism.

1 comment:

  1. Namramuni is the great Jain monk of India. Shri Namramuni is the youngest Jain monk of Gondal Sampraday. Namramuni Maharajsaheb is the most follwoed Jain monk of the country.

    http://www.urday.in/namramuni.htm

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