I thought back then that CALVINISM was a religion based just on me and my brilliance.
The actual followers were a gloomy bunch that had come to the realization of their truth, after reading the works of founder JOHN CALVIN (my first two names are Calvin and John).
He believed that man's fate was 'predestined' and nothing you did, or said, or believed could change any of that. Even the best, generous, and god fearing man could still go to hell if that was his unchangeable destiny.
What a delicious bit of 16th Century ennui right there! Fantastic. I suspect these guys were so gloomy and such buzz kills at parties that everyone around them figured that they just had to go.
The ones in France were called Huguenots and they were particularly irksome to the Catholics in that country as this next part will display.
"Massacre of St. Bartholomew and known mass murder of Huguenots (French Calvinists, Protestants) by Catholics during the religious wars of sixteenth-century France. The events began on August 24, 1572 in Paris, extending over the following months throughout France. The total number of deaths is estimated at 2,000 in Paris, and from 5,000 to 10,000 in France. The religious wars in France ended with the Edict of Nantes, signed by King Henry IV of France on April 13, 1598, by authorizing, with certain limits, freedom of worship to Protestants. François Dubois was a Protestant, a contemporary of the facts, and made the picture as a complaint."
I hated studying this in grade school because, being the only CALVIN anywhere around they all looked to me like I had somehow escaped the purge and that I needed to go. My classmates were never ones to understand the subtleties of world history.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.