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Subject: Coping with death

Hey again :)

I am writing to you, because I have questions simmering in my brain. Most of my life I've been relatively spiritual, but always non-religious. I am nearing 21, and I have never been more Atheistic in my life. I am quite comfortable with where I lie in my beliefs of science and life, except for I constantly wonder about life after death. I am curious to know, how did you become comfortable with the idea of nothingness after death? I guess it's a pretty straightforward idea. It's always going to be more uncomfortable to think that your relatives are not watching over you, but truth is more valuable to me than fairytales.

Just wanted to get this out of my head, and it only made sense to write to you. If you feel like doing so, I'd love to get your two cents on this topic. Meanwhile, I'm going to browse your site some more!

Have a gorgeous autumn NYC day :)
Caitlin Anderson


There probably couldn't be a more poignant time to ask me my opinion on this topic. In the last 3 months I've had two grandparents pass away which has led me to examine and reexamine my feelings and philosophy on the matter.

One week ago today I was at the funeral of my grandmother. I listened to hymns about the afterlife and 10,000 years of praising God only to be followed by another 10,000 more, and 10,000 after that. I listened to a preacher tell about everyone having their own mansion furnished by God Himself waiting there for them in heaven. I even got to hear my own family sing about how glorious the day will be when that chariot flies down from the clouds to sweep them up from the ground for their flight from earth forever. The whole time I kept replaying the Mark Twain quote: "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."

The thing that is so ironic about our fear of death is that when it finally comes you won't think about it. It'll be nothing. Zero. There will be no experience, and this is what you've been fearing the whole time.

There's also the side of the coin you never hear at any funeral, and that's the "John Johnson is in hell now, suffering for all eternity, never to find peace. Ever. Let us remember the precious life he lived before he got there, yadda yadda yadda..."
Even a second of considering this to be an option makes "zero" seem like a delightfully peaceful, modest and appropriate conclusion.

The fantasy of eternal paradise, and mansions, and 30,000 year old grandma angels takes away from the very real life people lead and the very real effect they had on people. It makes everything a fantasy, removing the reality which makes life so absolutely unique and separate from any storybook.

But I won't lie. I do allow myself a tiny fantasy; that one day (and it only has to happen once before the end of the universe) perhaps 5,000, 100,000, or even a million years from now science will be so advanced that they'll have found a way to re-cluster each and every cell that made me me, and when they do I'll wake up, and it'll seem like just a couple seconds had passed on my end.

Bob


I just love coincidence and good timing.

I hope your family is well, I had my first family/death experiences in the past two years, and I am all too aware about how draining it can be. Grandrents are the best, arent they? Actually, my entire family was a bit weirded out when we attended my grandmother's funeral. The minister took it in quite the strong religious direction, while none of us relate in such a way. Something to laugh about later :)

I must admit, the nothingness that you speak of is quite relieving to consider after a far too long work day. I recently became an organ donor, as well, I checked the option for scientists to use my parts in medical experiments. I have this way too weird sci-fi nightmare that maybe I will feel everything they do to my cells and organs after death! Yiiikes.

Youre a good man, Charlie Brown. Thank you for such an earnest reply. I have attached a photo you may tag onto this letter!

Yours, from Toronto,
Caitlin

“here are two forces in this world called good and evil... good comes from God and evil from the other guy”

Subject: YOUR WEBSITE

hullo bob

I recently found your website
unfortunately what you have failed to realise is that there is a real Jesus
you mock what we hold sacred
the amazing thing is that Jesus still loves you unconditionally
obviously you have a thing about Christans and Jesus and only you know the reasons why
would you like to share?? maybe I can help with any issues you have
there are two forces in this world called good and evil
good comes from God and evil from the other guy
Very sad to find folk like you who belittle what is precious and dear to us
you are obviosly talented but what a waste..

Why not try and find the real Jesus..its a free call!! p r a y e r
Eternity has just 2 choices Smoking or Non smoking!
The worlds way is a hopeless end but Gods way is an Endless hope

Bless you Bob
God is calling you
kiwij51@hotmail.com

 

he dont belive in hollaween unless u are dressed as and angel

Subject: thats wrong

that is wrong what u guys are doing you are maing a jopke about jesus and thats wrong he died on the crus for us and u know he dont belive in hollaween unless u are dressed as and angel and i personly feel like yall are making fun of jesus and thats wrong and you can burn in hell for that cause that is wrong the way yall are making fun og him and thats just not right

Rose Kirby
kirbyr@xxxxxx

 

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

I got Jesus on one side and now Allah on the other each one trying to pull me in different paths!

It's annoying!
Bob

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Yeah, so does everybody else. It can get very confusing. That's why I'm just staying an atheist until someone actually presents some proof that doesn't sound like a bunch of B.S., no offence.

Bob

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Last week I had a guy wishing Sathya Sai Baba would show me the true right path. Some people will believe anything.

Bob

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Cult members repeat their chants a lot.

Bob

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Yes, exactly like that.

Bob

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”

from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Oh wait! You're a chatterbot, huh?

Hi chatterbot! What do you wish for me today, chatterbot?

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”


from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

Neat! Okay Mr. Chatterbot, here's a question.

Will I grow up to be a millionaire?

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”


from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

You're a broken chatterbot.

“from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path”


from all my heart i wish alla show you the right path

noorsa
nox_noorsa@yahoo.com

 

“one day you will stand before this JESUS and i hope its not too late for you to come to your senses!!!!!!!!!! what a shock it will be when you one day open your eyes and you see this JESUS before you, what will you do?????”

i truly think that you are sick and need help, one day you will stand before this JESUS and i hope its not too late for you to come to your senses!!!!!!!!!! what a shock it will be when you one day open your eyes and you see this JESUS before you, what will you do????? may this JESUS have mercy on your soul!!!!

Theresa Tarr
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