This one isn’t, strictly speaking, about evolution and creationism, but we know how to make it fit in. Take a look at what we found in the UK’s Guardian: Top five regrets of the dying. The sub-title says:
A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?
The article is interesting, somewhat, but the top five regrets it describes are the sort of thing you would expect. Number one is:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
That’s not bad. Perhaps, when the time comes, we might wish that we had unleashed our inner Curmudgeon.
The number two regret is no big deal: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. But look at number three:
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
That one won’t be much of a problem around here. But what about the Discoveroids, who are forever concealing their old-time creationism in order to maintain the facade of being scientific? Will they regret the course they have taken? Do they regret it even now? Unless one of them turns whistle-blower and spills the beans in a tell-all book — titled My Life as a Fraud Among Fools, we’ll never know.
The fourth and fifth regrets are typical of the others: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. And lastly: I wish that I had let myself be happier.
The list contains no surprises — unless we stop to think about what didn’t make the top-five list. A large portion of the population is creationist, yet we don’t see: “I wish I had given more money to Hambo’s Creation Museum.” Nor do we see: “I which I had spend every living moment proclaiming the evil of Darwinism.” Why is it that when the Grim Reaper is near, no one seems to regret that he wasn’t even more fanatically creationist?
We can’t help wondering what it is that creationists do regret. Maybe they’re so pleased with themselves that they regret nothing. But surely, some of them must wonder if they wasted their lives and ruined others by leading them astray. Perhaps not. Idiots probably have no regrets, and as we’ve remarked before: Creationism means never having to say you’re sorry.
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