Its June 14, 2006 10:30 a.m. Last month, Pope Benedict XVI prayed at the former Nazi death camp of
Auschwitz and asked God why he was silent when over one million people, mostly Jews, died in this
‘Valley of Darkness.’ ‘In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there is only silence; a silence
which is a heartfelt cry to God. Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate this?’
I didn’t know we got to question God. Now the Pope himself asked God what he was up to (coffee break,
videogames) while men, women and children were being slaughtered. The media seemed taken back
that the Pope would question the will or complacency of God, but they calmed down. So, I figured if
the Pope can ask, so can I. I’m not saying that I’m ‘Pope Like’ but we all put our pants on one leg
at a time. He does wear pants right? So here are my questions presented in the form of a letter.
How’s it going? A lot of us down here are a little curious about a few things. (I’m looking up
as I write this. I’m told you are everywhere, but it is just easier to look in one direction). Now,
I’m sure you’ve got a lot on your plate–war, famine, genocide, Shaq’s free throw % –but my mom and
dad always told me ‘If you want to make a difference, you can’t be afraid to stand up and be counted.’
Also, I know you must be listening because how else could Rove not have been indicted. Here’s what
I’d like to know:
#1 If I give you credit for the Big Bang (I’m not talking about the conception of Brad and Angelina
Jolie’s baby) why did you wait over nine billion years to create Earth? And then, why did you turn
Earth into a giant snowball a billion years later?
#2 Are asteroids a major part of your arsenal? Because, it seems like all the major changes to the
Earth were due to being hit by one. For example, The Sudbury Crater in Canada, which is 200 kms
across, was formed by one almost two billion years ago. Then every few hundred million years we
get nailed by one and experience mass extinction.
#3 Are we more like you then we give ourselves credit for and that’s why you have had so many
‘mulligans’ (do-overs) to get Earth going the way you like? I mean, seriously, what was with
the Cretaceous Extinction 65 million years ago when 85% of all species disappeared. I can relate;
sometimes I throw away the first few drafts of my newsletters before I get it right.
#4 What took you so long to give us the opposable thumb? We’ve only had that for nine million years.
If that had been part of the original design who knows where we’d be today!
#5 How did you decide which chimps and gorillas to give left-hemisphere dominance five million
years ago? It must have been a tough decision to have to leave some as monkeys.
#6 Once you decided to let us begin to think for ourselves, why did it take 4 Â½ million years to
develop basic languages? Then, it took another 327,000 years for Neanderthal skulls to have the Hyoid
bone to make it possible to take basic language skills into complex vocalizations–true language.
#7 Are you in charge of the Super Novas too? Because that one two million years ago sure did a lot
of damage to the ozone layer which caused a ton of extinctions.
#8 Last question, I promise. I know in a laboratory we can create electron-positron and other
anti-matter pairs out of a vacuum state by providing the vacuum with enough energy. We literally can
create something out of nothing; ‘virtual particles’ that have measurable effects. If man has the
ability to create matter out of thin air, isn’t the origin of the universe only a bigger form of the
same experiment using the energy stored in the curved gravitational field of the primordial universe as
the driving spring?
God? Are you there? Is anybody there?
Talk to you next time,