Friday, May 4, 2007

Shift Happens

Here's a mind-blowing video that puts a new spin on globalization and change. I think we'd all better learn Chinese and Hindi!

This makes one realize that anyone with a xenophobic focus is going to get left behind...literally!

Have you heard about the "Post-Rapture Post: The Postal Service of the Saved," which (for a small fee ranging from $4.99 to $799.99) to your friends and family, essentially saying "I told you so!" or asking them to feed your pets...(I'll never forget a conversation I had my first year in college in a bible study with some fundamentalist dorm-mates, who were trying to convince me that my agnostic, Jewish friend from high school was going to go to hell. That was the last they saw of me.)

How can you be assured that the letter will be sent? Why, because the site is operated by atheists, and they will be left behind! I love it! The atheists are having the last laugh!

Here is the site, if you want to take a peek!

1 comment:

  1. The "post-rapture post" is too funny! Two weekends ago, Eric and I went camping. On the way, we listened to an NPR story (I think it was on weekend edition?) about a book that Billy Graham had written in the late 70s or early 80s, in which he used Biblical numerology to predict the exact date of the Rapture. He predicted April 29, 2007. Since this story was being aired April 28, Eric and I were totally panicked. I mean, here we were, going camping, and the world was about to become consumed in fire. So unfair! And we don't even believe it that shit! Dangit!

    The reporter was hilarious, and interesting. She cast this within the broader context of why people are obsessed with the end times, and interviewed religious and literary opinion leaders. Of course, Mr. Graham declined to be interviewed on the topic, so she called the 700 Club Prayer Support Line and talked to a Prayer Counselor. The prayer counselor, while refusing to take a specific position on whether or not the world would in fact be ending, did advise the reporter to accept Jesus Christ as her personal savior "just in case."

    The story really did inspire Eric. Or provide a convenient excuse.

    There we were, sitting in our camp chairs, watching as the setting sun played a million shades of red, orange, and yellow on the cliffs across from our little temporary abode. Eric brought work with him. The briefcase of reading material was in the truck, but he decided not to do it. "After all," he said, "the world might end tomorrow, and wouldn't I feel stupid if I did work today?"