This is Your Modern World

Take yourself back a few centuries. You’re the head of a primitive tribe of people, and a severe drought has taken hold. Your crops are dying, and now you’re facing a water shortage. What do you do? Why, you call the witch doctor, of course. You have him do a rain dance to appease the gods and hope they’ll send water your way.

Flash back to the present. You’re the governor of a proud Southern state, and a severe drought has taken hold. Your crops are dying, and now you’re facing a water shortage. What do you do? Why, you call the witch doctor, of course (and subsequently get sued by an atheist group). Or at least you have your constituents pray to God and hope He’ll send some water your way.

The more things change…

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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  1. John U says:

    Ah, but it rained last night in Atlanta (and here).

    (I suppose you could argue that rain was already forecast by the time they took to the prayin’, but hey, remember the progression: they prayed, it rained, woohoo!)

  2. Mike says:

    That’s exactly it: it may be coincidence or it may not. It had to rain eventually.

    If they want to attribute it to God, fine. But which one? I’m sure there were Hindus and Buddhists out there praying, too. Heck, I’ve asked Zeus for things just for giggles, and that’s worked. Does that mean Zeus is answering my prayers?

  3. John U says:

    At this point, Zeus answers all the prayers he can.