Another Russian journalist was murdered. This latest murder,** for whatever other possible, even conspiratorial reasons, was also highly personal.
The assailant broke into the Ekho Moskvy offices and stabbed deputy editor Tatyana Felgenhauer.
The attacker, after being apprehended, told investigators he had been in “telepathic contact with Felgenhauer” for five years.
I am reminded of the story of the birth of Christ. Why will become clear.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
No one is shocked by claims of virgin birth anymore as that’s been possible — by human hand — for over a generation. But inserting messages into someone else’s dream? Telepathic contact?
And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name Jesus.
Now when they were departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I tell thee: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Again, telepathic contact.
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child’s life.
The wise men who showered gifts upon Jesus and Mary were likewise communicated to via dreams implanted into their brains.
There was a time when many, maybe most viewed this story as little more than an in-group-sanctioned fairy tale. But we live in a time when fairy tales are made real, when virgin birth is commonplace and where the reality of inserting messages into someone’s brain while they sleep cannot be plausibly denied.
I am not sure we are fully equipped to manage, manipulate or survive living in a fairy tale world. If we are, the rational, the secular, the data-driven seem to me not our best tools.
For centuries, even those of stout faith would not dare honestly believe virgin birth possible — yet now there are test tube babies. Very old women, long presumed barren, can now give birth — using another’s egg cells. Life from dust? Perhaps not, but 3D printing of organs, certainly. Likewise, tales from the Bible speak of a race of giants — easily made real today using bionics, steroids, stem cells, gene editing. Placing two of every animal on a single ark? DNA is really, really small.
Our technology has created an alt-world, collapsing all of us inside it.
I contend that belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will accelerate and deepen because of, not despite of, the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We do what can’t be outsourced.
This is not a controversial sentiment.
This is: we must believe in magic, the spirit, God, because our rational self, even when working fully in conjunction with our tools, are simply not fully capable of manipulating — or simply saving us from — the magic about us, magic we have unleashed.
Magic is our present, thus faith must be our future.
Scientific American is wrong:
Since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent.
Over the next 20 years, this trend will accelerate: by 2020, there will be more of these “Nones” than Catholics, and by 2035, they will outnumber Protestants.
Scientific American and no doubt the vast majority of its readers, are eager to believe in the lasting usurpation of Baby Boomer ideals, dreary secular rules, and deeply inhibiting academic values — the power of rationalization — over the fuzzy, unwashed feelings-thoughts of the once-disconnected masses.
This will not be so.
Atheists are on the wrong side of history.
Just as Baby Boomers are next in line to die, so too are their dated beliefs and belief system.
**UPDATE: Ms Felgenhauer was stabbed, but is alive and is out of a coma. I am happy to be wrong in this instance and pray that continues.