Monthly Archives: March 2018

A Rare Clash of Holidays

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

For the first time since 1956, Easter Sunday falls on April 1st. April Fools’Day. Since1900, this has occurred only four times-1923, 1934, 1945, and 1956. It won’t happen again until 2029. Will there be a skirmish? A fictional story regarding April Fools’ Day recounts an aged disgruntled atheist, going to a court, with his attorney, to protest that atheists have no national holiday like Christians, and other religious groups, hoping the court would lend a sympathetic ear. They’d carped for years that Christians have the edge on holidays, dominating the calendar and the public square, using both to foist their onerous Christian dogma upon atheist. Before rendering a decision, the judge reminded the lawyer and client that they’ve a holiday, if they choose to acknowledge it. Both befuddled, quizzed the judge, “What holiday?” He replied, “April Fools’ Day, of course.” He quoted Psalm 14:1, “The fool said in his heart, there is no God.” He laughed,“Your holiday is coming.” read more

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Debunking Shangri-La Anywhere

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

What entices deep pocketed futurist earthlings, to plunk down up to $250,000 a person to embark on a would-be, three-month voyage, fraught with incalculable risk, on former PayPal CEO, billionaire, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket to Mars? Is it the pioneering spirit of yesteryear? Or to see if one could grow pansies on Martian soil? Based on Musk’s recent comments, some conclude it’s his attempt to elude man’s eventual extinction on earth. He remarked, “But history suggests some doomsday event will happen.” Unlike Neville Shute’s characters, in his 1957, post-apocalyptic, On The Beach, Musk won’t sit in his electric Tesla, waiting for disaster. There’s already talk of a “pure democracy” where “everyone has a voice” on Mars. Does that sound familiar? Some estimate it could take forty years to establish a thriving Martian community. Will it be a celestial Shangri-La? read more

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Building A Case For Evil

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

After every inexplicable tragedy, like a mass shooting, pundits scratch their head, and the narrative commences cultivating palatable reasons to a growing secular culture that instinctively rejects the possibility of absolute evil. Memories are short and selective. At the conclusion of WWI, there was a naive movement, that world powers must do whatever it takes to remove the causes for war and conflict from the earth. Idealist and humanist mislabeled WWI, “The War to end all wars.” One of the fathers of science fiction, British writer, historian, and social gadfly, H.G. Wells was considered a prophet by his humanist contemporaries, though he was known primarily for his novels, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and the Time Machine. He predicted some of the technological advances of the 20th Century, and wrote about the evils of war, advocating a naive pacifist approach. When war descended upon Europe, he concluded that the German buildup, since the nation’s 1871 unification, was driven by a corrupt industrial and political system, that needed to be eradicated. The unbounded optimism of Western man, reached exhaustion, facing his extinction in his own manufactured, misguided nobility. read more

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