After catching up on my science news tonight, I can understand why some of my conservative religious friends don’t like science very much. One of the articles told me that we exist inside a huge black hole. Another one proposed the theory that we are just imaginary holograms. And that wasn’t half as scary as reading about the reality of what is happening to our climate, and of what might happen to our crops and food supply.
So I’m almost ready to do as the Christian conservatives do and ditch scientific thinking altogether. Now, instead of looking forward to the weather spinning out of control, I can dream about the Rapture, in which I will be magically airlifted out of any future problems. Instead of fearing a world war, I can welcome it–it’s a necessary precursor to Armageddon, after all. And who doesn’t want Armageddon? If the Bible seems a little antiquated, I can always substitute the kindly guidance of aliens, which will culminate in a moment of global enlightenment in December 2012. Either way, I will know what to expect, as opposed to feeling like I’m getting tossed here and there in a dark universe. Take those scientists and burn them at the stake, like we used to! They make me nervous.
Unfortunately, I’m a little too creative and too easily distracted, which means I will never be able to stick to one theology for very long. My attempt at staying inside the safety of that box is doomed from the start. That’s okay–there’s more than enough beauty in this chaotic universe to keep me going.