Mr Deity on 9/11

Seeing as the anniversary is next week, this could be one of his more controversial pieces. Brilliant writing nonetheless. See the whole series at mrdeity.com.

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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One Response to Mr Deity on 9/11

  1. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    This is a mildly interesting obverse to the Book of Job, where God allows Satan to do all sorts of miserable things just to see how much Job can stand. The saccharine ending, where Job gets replacement children, has always seemed appalling to me.
    A realistic Darwinian (Wallacian?) view would be that natural selection selects for selfishness, and religion is a meme response to encourage generosity and thinking of others to balance that out. I would say that, overall, religion has been remarkably successful; I think our lives are much more comfortable than, for example, the brutality of pack or herd animals – but it is also true that religion has also been used, far too often, to enhance the chances of seeing ‘the other’ in enemies… Just how many truly religious wars have been fostered is an intriguing question….