And Peter fuckin’ Popoff is still hawking miracle spring water.
And claiming that by drinking it, their debt was supernaturally repaid.
And that it cured someone of drug addiction.
Can someone please throw this fucker into prison and take away all his money? Just… please.
First off, prayer doesn’t work anyway. If the supreme god of the universe needs to rely on mortal beings to pray to a particular version of their favourite god in order to improve the earth he supposedly created, he’s no god at all. And if anyone out there is gullible enough to purchase miracle spring water from a ousted white religious huckster with a $10,000 hair cut, then we have a serious credulity problem in this world.
There’s a culture of ignorance permeating this society, and it’s dying an uncomfortably slow death. From a very early age, we seem conditioned to idolize ignorance and think of intelligence as geeky and undesirable. As a result, we’ve raised generation upon generation of gullible fools, who through no fault of their own have fallen victim to those who exist to exploit that ignorance. The victims are not to blame for this assault on the mind, but who are the criminals? It’s not just the vultures, there to take advantage of the gullible masses; they’re awful just the same, but they’re merely the opportunists. Who’s sewing the seeds of ignorance?
This could easily become a political issue, as right-wingers have a tendency to be far more anti-science than the left, but it’s not that simple. The left has problems as well, particularly with the alternative medicine/anti-vaccination/anti-GMO crowd, who tend to rely on conspiracy theory and sensationalist rhetoric more than the right. It’s really hard to find a root cause — perhaps there’s more than just a few.
Maybe one of the problems is that we’re just too distracted by little things that we don’t ask the important questions anymore — we just assume someone else has the answer. Our sky is drowned in city light, so we can’t contemplate our place in the cosmos; our greatest mathematical equations are all performed automatically by the devices in our pockets; our bodies are kept safe by medicine we no longer understand, or even care to; the answers we don’t have are too difficult to answer properly. We’re on autopilot — so much so that we don’t care whether the answers we seek are right or wrong, so long as they’re there. Can’t figure out the math to repay your debt? You could call up the prayer line and get the easy answer, but it wouldn’t be the right one.