Yesterday I got involved in an argument with a woman I can only describe as a religious fruitcake. We were sitting in a lovely, typical English garden, hot sunshine enveloped us, the trees and shrubs were flourishing and imbuing us with a serene mood. I made an innocent remark about this planet of ours being within the 'temperate zone' - our luck to be here at all. Big mistake.. I got a patronising lecture about the big fella and his best laid plans of mice and giants which never go astray. In this world of ours there are very clever men (mostly) who have pushed the boundaries of our knowledge to very edges of space. Who have witness through man-made telescopes the total chaos of movement of all the particles in space, whether planets, suns, moons, gaseous clouds etc. The suggestion that we are some sort of preplanned super-species fundamental to 'God's' overall plan is so blind and ignorant I cannot get my head round it.
I tried to be polite and gentle - she was in her fifties - but then the sheer lack of manners and breeding that emanated from her ego became a cross too heavy to bear. I rebuked her childishness in the very fundamental way of describing hyperbole and gross exaggeration. I went off for a stroll by myself, cursing my stupidity for getting involved. How can one explain that to be a good, bad or evil person' is not by 'design', but a genetic thing. A NATURE VERSUS NURTURE never -ending argument which will always be a major part of our analysis of human nature. How can one explain that for a God' to produce a neurotic creature called 'Human' which kills its own, slaughters millions of other creatures a year in order stuff its fat gut, commits incest, infanticide and rape, who indulges in genocide on a regular basis because of a clashing of beliefs in 'Himself', and who's efforts to produce wealth and riches has so polluted our precious atmosphere and our seas that we are in a dance of death means that He himself must be a crazy dolt?
To a 'sweet' old lady, forget it. To all religious nuts out there, forget it. I enjoy the weather, my superb car that purrs away the miles. My lovely boat that sails majestically on blue waters - and above all my beautiful loyal wife who is worth all else in spades.