Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Show Religious Freaks That Science Wins?'

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Yo, Andrew.

How can anyone believe in religion? It's so ignorant and obviously fake. I've always backed science since I was a little kid, and now I'm proud to say that I'm studying to be a molecular biologist in college. The thing is, I'm surrounded by a lot of religious idiots at this school, and whenever I try to explain to them how believing in a man in heaven who rose from the dead and all that superstitious BS is literally causing the murder of millions of people, they argue back and tell me that "science is evil and is playing God," and that I should develop my "faith" before I blow up the world.

What is the best way to finally get through to these ignorant people and explain to them simply and finally that they're wrong? If they would just give in and accept the scientific future, they would see that they don't need religion to enjoy life.

Thanks for your feedback,
Enlightened Scientist


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Deal With Death?'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I'm afraid of death. Not just my own death, but the death of my loved ones, too. I've never really lost anyone very close to me and I just can't imagine what I will do about it.

Lately, my fear of losing someone close has been taking over more and more of my thoughts. I keep imagining my parents dying in a car crash, or getting that late-night phone call that one of my best friends is suddenly dead and gone. I feel really anxious, and the more I try to stop thinking about it and put it out of my mind, the worse it gets and the more I obsess about it. What should I do?

Thanks,
Dreading Death


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Can I Shake My Bad Karma?'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I work at a used-car dealership where I'm forced to rip people off. It's killing my spirit a little bit every day. I wish I could be making the world a better place, but instead, I'm spending 60 hours a week selling snake oil and gypsy tears to poor unsuspecting people. How do I dig myself out of this situation and reverse all of the bad karma?

The job pays well, and while I know the money isn't everything, it covers the bills and supports my family. Should I quit this job and take a lower-paying job? Should I keep the job and just be glad I'm getting by? I'm not sure how to turn the situation around, but this isn't who I am.

Sincerely,
Killing My Karma


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Do You Ever Get Depressed?'

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Dear Andrew,

I'm a depressed person. I get sad and unmotivated and basically just feel like being away from everyone, including myself. It's weird because most of the time I don't really have a good reason for feeling so bad, I just feel it anyway. Do you have any advice on what to do with bad feelings like this? People don't understand me. I try to tell them, but they think it's just me being too sensitive, or I should just snap out of it. You always seem so happy and I really look up to you for that. But do you ever get depressed? How do you stay so positive?

Thanks,
Downer In The Dumps


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Why Is It OK to Hate People?'

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Dear Andrew,

All my friends and acquaintances claim to "hate people." Why is this a trend? Why is it considered cool to "hate people"?

Regards,
I Think People Are Alright


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Can I Talk to My Bigoted Friend?'

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Dear Andrew,

I recently moved in with a friend who I've known for almost a decade. Turns out he uses a lot of homophobic slurs and insults. He also says racist stuff and badmouths pretty much every minority group you can think of. I had never seen this side of him until we became roommates, and now I'm really disturbed. I pointed out how offensive this was, and his response was, "They're just words," and that I should lighten up. What do I do?

Yours sincerely,
Concerned


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'My Girlfriend Makes More Money Than I Do and It's Stressing Me Out'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I have a lovely girlfriend who makes significantly more money than I do, and I find this situation aggravating and stressful. She and I live together, and the kitchen is now "my domain."

I know that love conquers all, but how do I be "the man" when I consistently find myself relying on her?

Your Friend,
T


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Can Negative Vibes Actually Hurt You?'

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Dear Andrew,

I kind of can't believe I'm really writing these words, but I seriously think my ex-boyfriend put a curse on me using some sort of black magic. We were together for only about a year, and he was always deep into witchcraft and spells and related books on the subject. Early on in our dating history, he had told me that if I ever broke his heart, he would put a curse on me and make my life a living hell. I didn't take it too seriously at the time and kind of forgot he ever mentioned it, but I broke up with him last week (for a whole bunch of good reasons), and the last thing he said to me was to "Get ready for hell," because he was putting a curse on me that was so powerful and evil I would regret ever being born, etc. This kind of psycho stuff is actually one of the many reasons that I left him. But now I have noticed a lot of stuff going wrong since that breakup night. Some of it's small, like a glass plate randomly breaking in my hands and cutting me, or my new car breaking down for no apparent reason. And some of it is big: I just lost a huge job opportunity without explanation, and my cat got mysteriously sick two days ago and is staying overnight in the vet's office with an unknown stomach illness. Now I'm actually starting to wonder if this guy really did curse me and what I should do to protect myself. I never took this stuff seriously before, but I'm genuinely scared and can't stop thinking about it. Am I being an idiot?

Help, please!
Cursed By Ex


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Make My Family Understand I'm Transgender?

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Dear Andrew,

Last month I came out as transgender, beginning my transition to female. My mom has repeatedly tried to get me to move back home and see a therapist to "fix" me. My oldest sister called me a "sexual deviant" and forbid me to talk to my nieces and nephew, all of whom I was very close to. It's now been a month since this has happened. My question is, how can I reach out to my mom and my sister to help them understand better?

Sincerely,
Rejected Trans Woman


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Can I Believe In a Higher Power When I Don't?

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Dear Andrew,

Your answer to last week's question really helped me. I could relate to both you and the person who wrote in. I've actually gone to a program to conquer my addiction to painkillers, but I always got stuck on the "higher power" stuff. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get myself to give in to the "spiritual experience" they were talking about. I'm a business student by day and a musician by night, and I've always paid my own way and taken care of myself, including taking responsibilities for my own troubles. Now I'm having the same old trouble with pills again, and in my efforts to quit, I'm again being encouraged to turn myself over to this "higher power" concept. That seems like a cop-out. I want to get cleaned up, but how can I be true to myself when I really don't believe in this higher-power spiritual stuff?

High Versus Higher Power

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