It occurs to me that given the popularity of the McCain-Palin ticket that some of us need to start making contingency plans if the American people decides to shoot itself in the foot for the third presidential election cycle in a row. I, for one, am stuck here for three more years due to a commitment I made to law school. After that point, I can flee to London or East Asia to practice American corporate law on behalf of foreign companies seeking entrance into the American market. However, most of you are more flexible in your living arrangements so it is primarily to you that I am addressing this post. This inaugural post offers England as a potential post-apocalypse destination. In addition to sharing our native tongue and being the womb from which our nation birthed, it is less obsessed with religious dogma. Indeed, it has gone so far as to apologize to Charles Darwin for “over-emotionally dismissing” his theory of evolution:
The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin’s ideas. It will call “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the Church”.
“The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.”
A church apologizing for its “over-emotional” rejection of Darwin? Ridiculous! What are they over there- educated?! How dare they apologize for rejecting a 150 year old theory that is the linchpin of biology! What is so breathtaking is that given how obviously correct (and belated) this move is, can you even imagine something similar in the United States occurring? We’re not even sure if the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate believes the theory (see: Matt Damon’s final question about Sarah Palin in his interview). In the United States, it is basically a badge of honor among some politicians that they don’t accept a 150 year old foundation of modern science. While I don’t want this series to be several installments of U.S. bashing, some of it will necessarily emerge from the unfavorable comparisons to the suggested destinations.
So, I offer England as a post-apocalypse destination (P.A.D.). More installments to come.