Escaping Reality

One of the staples of religion is selling a product that’s too good to be true (“…plus shipping and handling!”).

Today, a Jehovah’s Witness came to my door trying to get me to attend their district conference. He left a pamphlet with me…and I just have to post some of what it says…

“A discourse answering this question [Will humans ruin the Earth?] will be given as part of the Sunday morning program of the three-day district convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses that will develop the theme “Let God’d Kingdom Come!” It will show how this planet will soon be transformed into a paradise and how you and your family can qualify to live there.”

Aside from being delusional, this pamphlet is troubling. It advances the view of “Why fix the Earth? Why make society better when we’re all leaving soon anyway?” It’s escapism at its worst.

During a time of global climate change, political unsteadiness, a growing gap between rich and poor and the threat of religious extremism, this is definitely not the time to hide under a rock and pretend it’s all going to be okay by doing nothing. Get real.