"Book of Mormon" Made Me Think

"Book of Mormon" Made Me Think

A hilarious and fascinating show.

Last night, I saw the popular broadway show "Book of Mormon" with family and friends, and I absolutely loved it. Not only was it as offensive and full of the vulgar South Park humor we all know and (secretly) love, it was an amazing musical with brilliant, hilarious actors. And by offensive, I mean the fact it practically took an entire religion and made incessant fun and ridicule of it for two hours, besides the numerous jokes and cliches portrayed too. Beyond all of these factors, one thing really stuck out to me.

Not trying to spoil it for anyone, but after the failure of the Ugandian's rendition of the Book of Mormon, Elder Price realizes something that made so much sense to me. Price explains how Elder Cunningham was trying to teach him the absurdity of Mormonism all along, but he never realized it even as a kid when he read the book and it made no sense.

In every religion, there are going to be certain stories, legends, or tales passed down generations by generation. Over the course of many years, these stories can be edited and elements added just by natural way of oral history and to keep people engaged in the religion.

Of course the in the play "Book of Mormon," the book may not have had all the fascinating quirks that Cunningham added and was not as hilarious, but the addition of the Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and other pop culture references made me think. Not all of the teachings, texts, stories, etc. of any religion can be taken seriously because of the possibility of additions.

I mean, it does not make sense to take every element so seriously and literally and I think that is sort of what "Book of Mormon" was going for, besides being hilarious and ridiculing a whole religion. Of course the Mormons did not fight off the death star, or yell "Hodor!" as Cunningham so proudly claimed, but these additions definitely made the Uganda villagers way more excited and engaged in the book. Even at the end, we see how the villagers did not take most of what Cunningham to be literal with frogs being the cure to aids and what not.

Thank you "Book of Mormon" for making me laugh until my abs hurt, crying from Elder Cunningham's hilarious reactions, Elder Price's contagious smile and dance moves, and an overall reflective perspective towards religion and the stories within them.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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