I've been thinking about Tim Tebow a lot ever since Jesus Christ blessed Tom Brady with a 45-10 pounding of Tebow and his Broncos in the playoffs, in what I am convinced was God's way of confirming He's sick of the attention the evangelical quarterback is giving Him. Not long after Jesus blessed Tebow with an abysmal quarterback rating of 52.7 against the Patriots, I read an interesting perspective in the Washington Post. Columnist Charles Krauthammer ruminated on the question, " Are We Alone in the Universe? "
He pointed out, given the trillions of planets in the universe, there should surely be many intelligent civilizations capable of radio wave communications, and yet we have detected none of them. Krauthammer cites this disconnect, the " Fermi Paradox ," observing, "That silence is maddening. Not just because it compounds our feeling of cosmic isolation, but because it makes no sense."
Then he notes Carl Sagan's disheartening hypothesis, that there is a very high probability all technologically advanced civilizations quickly destroy themselves: "In other words, this silent universe is conveying not a flattering lesson about our uniqueness but a tragic story about our destiny," Krauthammer posed. "It is telling us that intelligence may be the most cursed faculty in the entire universe -- an endowment not just ultimately fatal but, on the scale of cosmic time, nearly instantly so."
It took mankind less than a single generation to advance from establishing the destructive power of the atom, to the Cold War brink of worldwide destruction. There have now been more than 30 countries with Weapons of Mass Destruction , and it took only a few decades for as many as ten nations to produce full-fledged nuclear weapons, with dangerous regimes, like Iran, hot on their heels.
It appears Saddam Hussein never came especially close to joining the Nuclear Club, and it seems very possible the world will deny Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Islamic theocracy membership in that swelling group of nations capable of making a credible threat to human life. For now. But what makes us think, in the course of, say, one more lifetime--not even the blink of an eye on that cosmological timeline--dozens more countries won't have The Bomb?
The Manhattan Project created the world's first nuclear weapon in the 1940s, the same decade that the first electronic computers were invented. Just a thought: how much more effective are today's computers than their 1940s predecessors? Or maybe compare a 2012 luxury car to the Ford Model T automobile.
Given the human condition, it might be very safe to say that the only way for man to survive ourselves is if we, as a civilization, can make a permanent peace. Very soon. As Rodney King said during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, unwittingly offering civilization a sort of warning of its fate, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?"
And we'll need to get along forever in a world of high-tech, planet-threatening weaponry. So long as religion is taken seriously, we can all agree, that global armistice will simply never happen. In a world rapidly advancing the ease with which we can render ourselves extinct, religious extremists will happily do it.
Quickly. Because it really only takes one. The only prayer homo sapiens have to stop the religious nuts--of all faiths--is by cutting them off at the knees. Ending religion on Earth. I can't speak for the many other intelligent civilizations which have, presumably, preceded us in the universe, but religion is the fatal flaw of this planet.
Bringing us back to Tim Tebow. With every uber-Christian breath you take, Tim Tebow, you push us precariously and perilously closer to the inevitable destruction of all mankind.