May 29, 2006
ignorant, superstitious, primitive villagers
Bird flu killed several members of a family in KUBU SIMBELANG, Indonesia. The tragedy is genuine, but the reaction by neighbors in that modern, sophisticated metropolis of Kubo Simblang reminded me of words I've heard before. See if YOU can't spot the similarities.
Ignorant, Superstitious, Primitive Villager: `We are so afraid just to step into that house,'' said a 37-year-old woman who identified herself only as Sembining. ``We can't tell what we're afraid of - we're just afraid.''
Sophisticated Environmentalist: "Noah was commanded to preserve biodiversity,"
Ignorant, Superstitious, Primitive Villager: ``I think the family was cursed,'' she said. ``It must be, because if it's bird flu, why only their family? Their blood?''
Sophisticated Enviro-God: "We are literally changing the relationship between the Earth and the Sun," he said. "It has the capacity to bring civilization itself to a dead halt."
Ignorant, Superstitious Villager: ``Therefore we are afraid of (letting doctors) take blood. Taking the blood, for me, symbolizes going to die.''
Sophisticated Enviro-Whack: "There is no longer any debate. The consensus is as strong as it ever gets in science." (...) current inhabitants of the Earth are facing a "collision between our civilization and the planet."
Well, they both agree on one thing. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid... because... WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!
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