"Another Modest Proposal and the Local News"
By Nevada Jack
Lately, there has been a competition for a one-way trip to Mars going on within our midst as I was reminded of reading this post by a Cuban in London. A few lucky and crazy members of the human race get to sail through space and land on Mars where they will spend out their days (with obviously limited oxygen and food supplies) wondering what they were thinking while we watch. Obviously, the desire to be famous overrode any cognitive functions within their brains.
I have never understood our fascination of reality TV or survival shows. Reality TV seem so unreal. Survival shows, with the idea of voting people off an island, seems to be the apex of some extreme social-Darwin capitalism that is in conflict with my Christian humanistic beliefs. But, considering the numbers of people who not only enjoy but make time to engross themselves in such shows, maybe we should give in, marry the two genres, and declare the globe to be a reality TV survival show. The upside of all this is that instead of competing for a one-way ticket to Mars, we could vote people off the planet. Then, before the rocket lifted off, we could have the humble but reluctant astronauts show remorse and speak to what they should have done differently or why it is a mistake to send them to the red planet and not someone else.
Just think of the possibilities. We could rid the globe of bad guys with horrible hair like Kim Jong-un. We could rid the world of ISIS fighters. We could rid the world of Miley Cyrus. We could rid the world of the New York Yankees. And we could rid the world of a handful of Fox News correspondents as we offer them an “exclusive” on reporting from Mars.
Perhaps Mars, the candy company, could underwrite this new program through commercials and, as a bonus, stock the rocket with plenty of candy bars.
I realize that for many people, Darwin and Capitalism in the same category and Christian and humanism in the same category is challenging, but deal with it. Or, vote me off the planet. Or better yet, vote Sage off! Who would you vote off?
Georgia’s Postpones Execution
Sage and I both dislike the idea of with capital punishment. That was the one thing enlightening about Michigan where we spent a decade. The state has never allowed the death penalty, a prohibition that goes back to the 1830s. We have, however, lived in states, like Utah, that carried out the death penalty. And we spoke out against it. Now we’re in Georgia and we don’t know what to make of the news that our state postponed the execution of Kelly Gessendaner due to weather! Gessendaner arranged to have her husband killed and has admitted her guilt. She would be the first woman executed in the state since 1945. But the state wasn’t able to carry out its order because of a bit of snow! Maybe this is a sign from someone higher up than the governor that our state should end this horrific practice. What's your thoughts?