REALITY IN THE AGE OF COVID
We, the people on this speck of sand in an infinite universe of endless galaxies, need help.
Beowulf is dead and the Silver Surfer has his hands full in the galaxy MACSO647 more than 13 billion light-years away.
So, who’s going to help us?
Thousands of Christians are still crowding together in megachurch services and praying to God to save them from Covid-19.
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I cannot think of anything more irresponsible and “un-Christian.”
Yo, Christians, you’re supposed to care about humankind and yet you’re doing the worst thing possible to further spread the disease.
Besides which, benighted brethren, you’re wasting your time.
This invisible entity, super power, Supreme Being, whatever you want to call it, may well be (Oh, Heavens, no!) a figment of your fearful and fervent imaginations, an illusion, a delusion, a stubborn holdover from a primitive era.
And even if “He” does exist, He is the God of the entire universe, and since there are two trillion galaxies in the universe, he’s too damn busy.
Forget “God,” dear delusional dreamers. Get it through your heads, our only “salvation” in this crisis, as in any crisis — world wars, global depressions, plagues, 9/11 — is Ourselves, you and me, and most of all the doctors and nurses and all the brave people on the front lines, from health workers to grocery clerks.
The only power we have to survive this microbe hell is our own personal courage and strength and the will to survive. To hell with death and “eternal life.”
The next time some Christian fantatic talks to me about “God’s will” and the “Glory of God” and “Eternal Life,” I will remind them that people in New York City are dying of the virus every three minutes — and going to eternal death.
So, “Glory of God” expounders, stop congregating in primitive prayer marathons — and criminally spreading the virus — and do something actually “Christian” like try and save lives.