Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Will Swine Be The End Of Us?

Most Americans are finally showing their true colors again. For eight years, we had crazy religious nuts telling us the world was going to end. Now, it’s pseudo-science’s turn.

This swine flu nonsense is just one in a long series of scientific threats that don’t scare me. I sometimes wonder if people WANT to run around afraid. Is there some innate drive in humanity to fear ultimate destruction?

Stories such as this one show that even scientific-sounding people can still be crazy eschatologists. That word may be unfamiliar to most, because we’ve become so accustomed to religious vocabulary that terms like “apocalypse” and “Armageddon” have come to mean “end of the world.”

In fact, apocalypse merely means “lifting of the veil,” a poetic metaphor for John’s revelation of the end of times. Armageddon translates to Mount of Megiddo, which is the location of the final battle in Christianity’s eschatology. Neither apocalypse nor Armageddon are true synonyms for “end of times;” eschaton is the only word used in English that literal definition.

Science has always appealed to me because it tends to be pro-active and level-headed. While religion tends to act passively while dictating demands passionately, scientists tend to calmly get their hands dirty and report what they find.

Science is supposed to be optimistic. It should recognize problems and resolve them. It certainly does no good worrying that the world will end. Instead of worrying, we should just take what precautions we can. Will people consider me a prophet because I predict, here and now, that pig flu will blow over like every other overblown threat? I hope not.

Newspapers are in dire straits, and they’ll report on anything remotely frightening in order to sell copies. Hanta virus, SARS, avian flu, monkey pox, Ebola, even killer bees and terrorism: I let none of them scare me. I trust in the power of humanity to adapt. I believe the impossible is possible. After all, a pig flu.


  1. Oh great! Now I have to start going to church. I once told someone I would ditch atheism when pigs fly ---and now they have!

    You said exactly what I have been thinking about the fear mongers ---but you said it so much better than I could have.

  2. FACT: Obama’s getting cozy with Hamas/Hezbollah; soon, they can and will nuke us; soon, our artificial ‘Prez’ can and will pass posse comitatus; soon, the chip will follow; soon, you’ll be asked whether you want Heaven or Hell… Don’t become so involved in this finite world you lose thy immortal soul

    the future’s uncertain
    and the end is always near…
    -the Doors

    Ya willing to step-on-through to Eternal Life? If you desire it, I will be as far as the east is from the west; that way you won’t have to see this sinful mortal. Just step through regardless. God bless.

  3. I'll have what he's having.

  4. >> I'll have what he's having.

    Um . . . no thanks.


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