24 August 2007

Scary to Think About ...

I ride the bus to work. That will provide a writer plenty of material over time. Here's an example: a guy gets on board whom I recognize as a regular rider. He suffers from some sort of autism that impels him to repeat certain phrases incessantly in a droning voice punctuated by a deep HMMMMMMMM. Here's his selection for Friday morning, in part:

"Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah. HMMMMMMM. This country is a Sodom and Gomorrah. This country is a Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah. HMMMMMM. One big Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah. This country is one big Sodom and Gomorrah. This country is one big Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah. HMMMMMM."

The scary part of it is that, two thousand years or so ago, that kind of talk would have been taken for a voice of prophecy.

1 comment:

crhymethinc said...

So do you think Moses may have suffered from OCD? Perhaps Jesus was schizophrenic? Maybe Mohammed just had a slight case of autistic megalomania? So what does that say about their collective followers? At least a person suffering from insanity has an excuse. What reason can those who follow the insane give?