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Sfârșitul lumii vine pentru fiecare la timpul lui. Sfârșitul lumii mele e neprogramat. Poate va veni în zece, douăzeci, cinzeci sau o sută de ani. Poate chiar azi, dacă închid ochii și-mi iau mâinile de pe volan.
Dar sfârșitul lumii fiecăruia nu ne interesează. Dimpotrivă, ne petrecem o bună parte din viață de parcă am fi nemuritori. Ne pierdem timpul în felii, în zile, luni și ani. Amânăm. Așteptăm. Lăsăm pe mai târziu, de parcă acel târziu ne-ar fi garantat prin literă de lege. Sfârșitul nostru nu ne interesează decât cel mult episodic, un subiect nedorit și neinvitat în arena preocupărilor noastre.
De ce atunci această obsesie a sfârșitului lumii? De ce acest voyeurism cataclismic, această fascinație a finalității, reflectată din paginile Bibliei până în superproducțiile holywoodiene cu monștri, alieni, supernove, explozii solare, zombie sau viruși superletali? Anihilarea reciprocă printr-o iarnă nucleară, distrugerea stratului de ozon, inundații catastrofale datorate încălzirii globale – fiecare dintre ele un scenariu escatologic, și în consecință un captatio benevolentiae garantat pentru editorii de știri de pretutindeni. Asteroizi, gripă aviară, furtuni solare. “Fear sells”, spun americanii; frica se vinde, și nu există o frică mai mare decât cea a punctului final, indiferent cât de improbabil ar fi el.
Sau ne e așa de frică de uitare încât ideea că după noi se trage cortina este infinit mai preferabilă unui spectacol perpetuu în care nu putem fi nici măcar spectatori?
“It’s going good, Laur, My child. Not great, mind you, but it cannot be helped for the time being.”
“What can I do for you, Oh God?” I asked.
At this, He laughed even harder. His laugh is contagious, like watching April lambs cavorting in new grass. Maybe that’s why they go on and on about The Lamb of God.
“That’s a funny question to ask, My child”, He said. “Usually people just tell Me what I can do for them.”
“Oh, you’ve been good to me, Oh God, I have no complaints. Or maybe I do, but I’d like to try and fix them myself first, if You don’t mind. And with a little help, of course”.
God’s really full of mirth these days.
“First of all, stop with that «spaketh» nonsense,” He said. “And the capitalization. It’s distracting me, and it is a bit pretentious. I don’t need capitals to remind people of who I am.”
I must admit, he has a point there.
“Of course I do, I am God after all.” She smiled at me. “Now, don’t be flustered. How would you like to work for me? At least for a little while? There’s a prophet position coming up, and I think you might be a really good fit for the role.”
“Prophet, Oh God?”
“Oh yes. It’s no big deal, really. Just tell the world what I’m about to tell you. Get some tablets of stone and a chisel and take this down.”
“How about I post it on the Internet, Oh God?”
“That could work too, I guess. Now write this down.”
“Don’t interrupt now, prophet of mine. Where was I? Oh yes. Paragraph. Don’t write that down, will you?”
Message from God
Hello World! It’s been a while since you last heard from me, and you’ve grown quite a bit in the while. You’re no longer small children who need to be spoon-fed and led by the hand, so I’ll say it to you straight. Pay attention.
- I am one God. You gave me so many nicknames over the years you tend to forget this small fact. I don’t care if you’re calling me Allah, Yahveh, Lord, Higher Power or Immutable Natural Law. If you all understand this, you’ll be better for it in the long run. Trust me. I am your God.
- Regardless of the name you chose for me, don’t take my name in vain! And I don’t necessarily mean swearing. I’m talking about killing people in my name, hurting them in my name, hiding your petty ambitions and awful nature behind my name! I’m referring to just a few of you, praise be to me. You think that by killing in my name you get rewards in the afterlife? Rest assured, we’ll have a word about that when you get there.
- Be decent towards one another. I would have said “be good”, but that may be pushing it a bit. Just be decent, it’s good enough for me. Go ahead and be good if you want to. Just don’t be jerks, that’s what I want to say.
- I have no beef with religion. If you want to worship me, fine – I like being worshiped. One little request though: don’t assume you know me and my will just because you’re religious. See 1, 2 and 3.
- I don’t require people to believe in me; I am not Tinkerbell. I will be here regardless. As a matter of fact, atheists that are good, decent people just because that’s how they are and not because of some church-induced fear of everlasting punishment are in for a nice surprise. Don’t tell them I said so though. They won’t believe it anyway.
- Let it be known that I am not, nor have I ever been, against science and knowledge. By all means, learn about this beautiful universe. I take pride in my work.1
- What I speak, everyone can hear. Few choose to listen. Do listen for my voice every once in a while.
- Which reminds me. To those of you who write down what I say: please remember, you’re only writing down with your mind a memory of an interpretation of a voice that spoke to your soul. Please do not claim it is the absolute truth. You don’t even have words in your languages for some of the things that I say. Maybe someday you will. Readers, beware.2
- I have many, many, many sons and daughters. You Earthlings are all my family, and I love you just as much as I love all my other creations. I sure hope one day you get to meet each other. Keep investing in NASA, you got a good thing going there.
- There has to be ten of them, right? Thanks, Moses. Anyway. As long as you get what I’ve said in the previous nine, you’ll do fine. For the rest, do what you will. Take responsibility for your actions. Oh, and “Thou shalt not kill.” I’m still rather privy to that one.
I guess this is it, world. Enjoy your life, don’t spoil it. I will be seeing you all later.
- “Plus, some of your physics theories really make me laugh”, he said. “Don’t write that down.” “Not even as a footnote?” “Ok, fine.” [↩]
- “Besides, what do you think would happen if I would give you the absolute truth on a platter? That would kinda spoil everything, right? Searching for it is oh so much more fun!” [↩]