110 Stories Plus 72 Virgins
This is an old advertisement for the WTC that I found over on The Fundy Post.
Physicists claim that the Universe is held together by four forces: Strong, Weak, Electromagnetic, and Gravitation.
I’ve maintained for years that this is not the complete picture. There is a fifth force, one that actually powers the Universe. This fifth force is responsible for much of what happens.
This fifth force is Irony.
Never taunt the Universe. Just as you wouldn’t stand in the middle of an open field in a thunderstorm, never give irony an opportunity to strike you. The lightning has no intelligence and no “desire” to hit you. But there’s a buttload of electrons up in the clouds just itching for an opportunity to jump to someplace with a lower charge. You know better than to walk out into an open field to give those electrons a conduit.
Likewise, there is a giant cloud of irony out there, just waiting to jump to a place of lower ironicness. Never say out loud “I’ve scheduled my Caribbean vacation for the week after hurricane season ends, because I don’t want a storm to ruin it.” That’s just asking for a post-season hurricane to destroy your trip.
That brings us back to the unfortunate advertisement above. It’s painfully ironic today.
We have no control over irony, but we can affect the mechanisms it uses to hurt us. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod to prevent the fires and deaths that were caused by electrical storms.
It is time for a new lightning rod. It is time to contain the dangerous power of religion.
Religious fundamentalism in all of its stripes, flavors, forms, and strengths must be eradicated, and eradicated now!