Snake for dinner?
by H. Slack
I was very moved when I watched the video of the two little children, obviously from some remote third world country, farming snakes. The little boy was about eight and his sister about 11 years old. He had placed the lower part of his little body down into the snake’s hole as a bait for the snake to wrap itself around. His upper body from chest up was left out. After the snake wrapped itself around him, he used his exposed arms to pull himself up, with the help of his sister. He is now on the ground untangling himself from a massive, over 15 feet, snake. With his sister’s help he is finally untangled so he gathers up the live snake and they move on to their next catch. The snakes in this region were obviously not venomous.
This time the sister sprang into action. A smaller opening was an indication that this snake was not as big so she went to work with a hoe digging further along where she estimated the hole tunnelled. Soon she exposed an opening further along the tunnel and the side of another snake inside. Her brother rest the large seemingly stunned snake down and they both took hold on to this other snake and pulled it out the hole. This one looked just over 10 feet and was small enough to hold in a large mesh sack she carried. They retrieved another one of similar size in a similar way within the same location while keeping an eye, sometimes a hand or a foot, on the one that was too large to hold in the sack. The video ended with the two smaller snakes writhing in the sack that the sister carried and the large one folded over and down between both arms of the little brother as they happily headed off with their catch.
As I watched these two little bare footed children in tattered clothing bravely labouring for what will become their meal I could not help but compare them with our modern, Western World children. I remembered the last time I visited Canada and heard the news of a young teenage girl who committed suicide because her parents would not allow her to go to the concert of one of her favourite pop stars. I remember my frustration as a college tutor dealing with learners who did no work but thought they had some entitlement to still succeed. I observed other tutors and even department heads cheat on their behalf to give them success they did not earn. I remember my own children who were always complaining that there is nothing in the house to eat, which really meant there was nothing already prepared that they could just microwave.
In the case of a global economic and technological meltdown which of the two groups of children would be able to survive? The answer is obviously those poor resourceful Third World Country children who can feed themselves without money or technology. They have the skills to survive without gas, piped water, electricity or even adult help? The youths and many adults of the First World would not fare so well. You see, the prosperity of the West will no doubt be its undoing. We have fallen in love with the objects of our prosperity, we now worship our golden calf and have turned away from the true God. The result is a generation of mostly self absorbed and lazy children who would go into shock if their mobile phone’s network went down. The pride and impertinence of the present Western World generation is clear evidence of an impending crash. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 Our dependence on technology is not a blessing but a curse. Our punishment for abandoning God will become evident when our technology fails – and it will.
How plausible is the theory of a global technological failure?
It’s not just plausible but is in fact sure to happen. The right question therefore, is not if but when. Today there are many likely ways modern civilisation could come to a sudden end and a technological failure is one of the most plausible. “The pride of man will be humbled And the loftiness of men will be abased; And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day…” Isaiah 2:17
A Solar Flare
All it takes is a simple Solar flare to wipe out half the world’s electrical grid and fry computer chips.
“While you didn’t see it, feel it, or even read about it in the newspapers, Earth was almost knocked back to the Stone Age on July 23, 2012. It wasn’t some crazed dictator with his finger on the thermonuclear button or a giant asteroid that came close to wiping out civilization as we know it, though — no, what nearly ended us was a massive solar storm. Almost two years ago to the day, our most bounteous and fantastical celestial body — the Sun — kicked out one of the largest solar flares and coronal mass ejections ever recorded. And it missed Earth by a whisker. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker, who led the research into the massive solar storm… If a giant solar storm hit the Earth, large parts of society could be without power for months or years. Pete Riley, a physicist who looked at extreme space weather events for the last 50 years, says there’s a 12% chance that a Carrington-level storm will hit Earth in the next 10 years.”
These limited pages does not allow for the discussion of the many different ways this whole globe could suffer a major set back.
The paradigm shift
The writer of the article above was not exaggerating when he said we would be knocked back into the Stone Age in the event of Carrington-level solar storm. Our modern, First World, high tech dependent countries would lose their electricity and computers upon which our lives are built. There would be no water in the pipes, no gas for cooking, no mobile/telephone communication, no shops/supermarkets selling food, no money to trade with (92% of the world’s money is electronic) no vehicles to travel in as there would be no way to transport or pump petrol, the list goes on. There would be no garbage collection, no water to flush toilets or to have a bath, no working microwave or refrigerator and most tragic of all is the fact that there would be very few from this generation with the character or skills to survive and navigate the difficulties of such times. Civil disobedience with mass looting and killing combined with unfettered disease outbreaks are just a few of the things that would ensue and cause whole nations to crumble. Some countries however, would not be as badly affected.
The transportation system of a country like Cuba that is stuck in the 1960s would be unaffected by a technological meltdown. First World countries with their highly computerised, self driven cars and remote flown air crafts and drones would come to a crashing halt. The paradigm would shift with blinding speed, where Third World countries would begin to flourish and have warfare supremacy while First World countries plunge into darkness and unimaginable despair. Poor countries that are without computerised technology and are still using the ancient skills and ‘know how’ would suddenly become the nations to envy.
Do not trust in technology
Our technological advances have given rise to a carnal hope and excitement of a coming man made utopia. A time when we can indulge ourselves in all the lust and pleasures of this life without suffering the consequences. There are genuine signs of a future where we will be able to genetically engineer ourselves and eradicate illnesses like cancer and greatly increase our life-span, but do not put your hopes up. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.’” Jeremiah 17:5
The laws of God will continue to defy every effort of men to undo them. Time dictates that everything that has a beginning has an end, they all wax old then cease to exist. Great inventions, great dynasties, ruling nations and even the Earth itself has a shelf life. Man’s pride is blinding him to these obvious truths. The increase in the power and reach of technology accompanied by a fading morality is a ticking time bomb. The weight of the responsibility that comes with such modern advancements where the press of a button could wipe out nations cannot be ignored, yet it is in these times we are witnessing such loose morals and diminished integrity as we have never seen before. Foolish mankind have all these years been building his house upon sand. Listen for the mighty crash when the season of heavy rains come.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:10 π