This is Your Modern World

Watching Windows install itself is about as exciting as watching paint dry, particularly when it’s going onto a new hard drive in a server that puked its guts up the day before, Dell failed to deliver a new hard drive, and there are two buildings full of people relying on services to be restored, so I’ve got another just-for-fun post for you.

Server meltdowns aside, we like to think we live in a fairly advanced world. We’ve got TV, the Internet, cell phones, iPods, and many more cool, electronic toys. Science and technology take longer strides every day, and the next big breakthroughs are always right around the corner.

Then I read something that reminds me we’re still the same sad, superstitious fools we’ve always been.

Witness the Indian airline who sacrificed goats to appease a sky god. Can’t fix the (man-made) flying machine? Make the gods happy.

Observe the African politician who hired a witchdoctor to influence an election. Can’t appeal to the people with your charm and wit? Cast some spells on their asses.

Go see how Ugandan police arrested members of a doomsday cult who believed flooding in their country heralded the coming Apocalypse. Their leader thinks he talks to God, and is undeterred by the world’s failure to come to an end in 2000 (when another cult killed 800 of its members, apparently just to be sure).

Check out the guy who says angels live on Mars (found via Tim), which is not merely a planet but a representation of the pain Jesus suffered on the cross and was named after Satan by the Romans. (No, really. Go read it. I’ll be here when you get back.)

I can show you right now that they’re all wrong. See, Jesus lives on this guy’s driveway. Not to be trumped by His son, God put his signature on an eggplant. Suitably chastised, Jesus retreated to somebody’s kitchen. (Then again, maybe he was embarrassed about his Mother hanging out in pizza parlors and slumming under the Kennedy expressway.)

Welcome to the Devolution.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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