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Re: The Boy Who's Skin Fell Off by Godfather on 4 April 2004 3:29pm
I saw the program too. But i dont think it was sad he passed away. I think he was probably waiting for that moment all of his life. The religious aspect of it did anger me at times. He was very certain about it all being for a reason. But it was clear that underneath that, he still doubted that. Religion is quick to tell us that it's all part of God's plan, and that's we're here to learn. I personally felt that Johnny doubted that himself at times. There was one line where he said "I mean, i cant have been on this earth and been going through this for 34 ***** years, for nothing". The way he said it,revealed that he was angry (naturally) and that he had been using religion and spirit as a consolation to the horror he endured all those years.

The thing is,all of his suffering "could" of been sheer accident. No reason for it at all. Just a freaky occurence in nature. His parents brought him to religion as a consolation. A consolation that there was a reason why he was going through this. That "God was forging him in a fire,for better things". It does comfort people to be told that. But the religions "dont" know if this is true. They have no idea,and they keep telling people that this is "fact". That side of it did irritate me. Johnny considered suicide several times in his life (understandably). But it was only religion and the concept of "God's test" that kept him here enduring it (no doubt along with the religious fear aspect of suicide being a sin against God). One will never know if it was for a reason or not. All i can say is, that if God exists, then he has a sick and cruel sense of how he gets people to learn lessons. Now Johhny is free.
Re: The Boy Who's Skin Fell Off by jayjay on 13 October 2004 5:49pm
i agree i think that it was a cruel way to learn of gods but i think johny looked towards religon for hope as he was very brave ..jay
Re: The Boy Who's Skin Fell Off by gwen on 13 October 2004 7:31pm
Ah! Heard about it a while back, and have missed it. Some poor people have no choice but to be brave.
Saw a terrific programme last night, Bob Geldof on Fathers. Such a sad situation for so many ex-husbands/partners. My son is one, and the programme showed so many like him. Geldof is quite remarkably articulate.

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