If you’ve been listening to the news lately, you may have heard about this article in the New Yorker that’s making waves. (Click here to read it…make some popcorn, a cheese sandwich, or whatever you expect to be eating after the Zombie’s invade, and read it. It’s worth it!)
Whether it be Hollywood or Silicon Valley, the super rich seem relentlessly obsessed with the dystopian future humanity will inevitably face because of our own short sighted and selfish motives. Almost every other month has a blockbuster release of such a film. Even TV is a fresh crop of shows that predict the end of the world and the miserable lives we are all doomed to lead in its wake. Off the chart ratings for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Netflix “The 100” can’t be wrong.
My mom’s idea of preparing for a disaster was always buying extra canned soup and Kraft Dinner for the pantry and propane for the Coleman stove. Our biggest threat? Surviving the power outages in St. John’s when Old Man Winter inevitably came calling. How romantic.
Not long ago, the idea of building an underground bunker stocked with provisions and ammunition so you could survive North Korea lobbing a nuke at America or the arrival of the Zombie Apocalypse, was relegated to the stuff of tin foil hats.
Now it’s mainstream. Well, with certain caveats.
We are obsessed with fear. Selling it, cultivating it, feeding off of it. Fear is the mainstream currency of our politics and much of the orientation through which we see the life changing decisions we are faced with making.
The article in the New Yorker attempts to explain why the super rich are investing in the end of the world.
That’s the strategy right? If you’re powerful and have the means to change the world – don’t. Look out for Numero Uno. Invest in caring for only you and yours and watch the world waste away. As any good investor knows, they’ll be opportunities when the dust of nuclear holocaust settles, or when they finally find the cure for the Zombie’s insatiable taste for brains. Someone will have to rebuild it all again so why not make a tidy profit while doing it?
Ok, I know this is over the top but read that New Yorker article. These are serious business and enterprise leaders we’re talking about here. I know Trump’s election has thrown a lot of people for a loop, but this is just too much.
I often hear scripture criticized for being out of touch with our modern reality. The historical and cultural distance between us and the writers of the Gospel, let alone the First Testament, means many people write off the scriptures as being obtuse and irrelevant at best – or the stuff of “Repent or die!” bible thumpers. Yes, those people exist. Pray for them.
The reality is that our scripture for this week, Micah 6:1-8, is very in touch with our reality. Micah preached around the same time as Isaiah – probably 700-800 BCE. The world was changing quickly in those days. Assyria was rising to become an unpredictable super power. Bedrock alliances of the past were becoming shifting sands beneath everyone’s feet (think America and Russia being in lockstep on foreign policy for example). Waves of immigration were sweeping into certain kingdom’s. Wars and rumors of wars seemed to be around every corner. Government’s and politicians were seen as corrup