Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Gaston Gazette of Gastonia, North Carolina. The letter is titled Love the human — hate the virus, and it’s the second letter at that link. The newspaper says their comment feature isn’t working.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Kenneth. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
I am a [skeptic], agnostic about religion and only wonder about spiritual things because of a few events in my life — Only watched John Edward’s “Passing Over” because my wife did.
That was a weird opening sentence. The word “skeptic” was like that in Kenny’s letter — brackets and all, so we’re skeptical about his skepticism. And we know nothing about that movie — or TV show — or whatever it is. Based on the rest of the letter, we’ll regard Kenny as a creationist. He then says:
I like science fiction and ancient aliens [Groan!] so about 5 years ago, watching alone, I tuned to Oprah where her guest was a scientist whose experiments proved that good and bad human thoughts about identical lab cultures have healing or debilitating powers on other bacteria.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, we shouldn’t laugh. If the “scientist” Kenny watched was on the Oprah show, he must be at the top of his field. After informing us about that amazing work, Kenny reveals even more scientific wonders:
Since then [within the last five years], man has determined there is dark matter and energy — even proven black holes. [Wow!] We are pretty sure of these things because of their effects on what we observe — just like the scientist about good thoughts having a positive effect on bacteria cultures and bad thoughts the opposite. Can our thoughts affect a virus?
What a great question! If our thoughts can affect bacteria, why can’t they affect a virus? Then he makes an amazing suggestion:
I would not shut the door to vaccines and other methods of dealing with it but — and the news media can help by reminding us that this virus is bad and needs to die — if we all prayed, meditated, hoped (whatever you wish to call it) that the this virus would die and it worked, it would not only help but open the door to a better understanding of the universe.
Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Kenny ends his letter with this:
What have we all got to lose? I’ve even got a catch phrase = Love the human — Hate the virus.
You gotta admit, dear reader — that was a great letter!
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