Wonder Woman to the rescue?
April 04, 2020 - Saturday 4:04 AM by E.R. Nartatez
"Day 6 in self-quarantine. And I got to say that, um, these past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical." Gal Gadot
Gal, probably the prettiest gal (pun intended) that ever donned the Wonder Woman outfit, somberly reflected on the pandemic gripping the entire planet. She wants to emit some inspiring vibe in these dark and depressing times (bless her heart, really) by inviting everyone to sing with her, to imagine with her (she’s joined by many Hollywood luminaries).
On her Instagram post (with 9 million+ views!) she shared, “We are in this together, we will get through together. Let’s imagine together.” Then she starts singing.
What song? IMAGINE (by John Lennon).
But Gal, wait a minute. The world is in a pandemic. People are not just getting sick—they’re dying! And those dying are the most vulnerable—older folks like grandma and grandpa. In some places in Europe there are ghastly reports of hospitals and other medical care facilities making hard and painful decisions to just let older people die to save on the limited resources and administer them to younger patients. Some nursing home facilities were reported to have been abandoned, leaving elderly residents to die. Note that these are not faceless and nameless people, they're the moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas of families!
Cities and countries are in lockdown mode, stopping travels in and out by land, sea, and air just to contain the spread of the menacing virus—or at least to ‘flatten the curve’.
These are dangerous, desperate times!
Now, there's certainly nothing wrong in trying to spread some encouragement and inspiration through song and music; it's a noble effort. But Gal, you really need to be more judicious in your choice of song—this is critical here.
Now, is the song IMAGINE an apt anthem in these dark and depressing times? Let's see.
"Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try" – I’m not really sure about this one, Gal. Because of this pandemic, somebody knows someone—a friend, a family member, someone's dad or mom, grandpa or grandma—either fighting for life or is already dead. There’s deep pain and grief when a loved one is suddenly ripped away from us by death.
During these times, a sense of HOPE can offer some healing. And for millennia the notion of a ‘heaven’ (or at least a continuing self-awareness beyond death) has given exactly that sense of hope. Heaven, among other things, says that death is not final, death will not have the last word. Heaven—and all that it represents, like salvation, resurrection, eternal life, etc—is the antidote for death and stands as a testament of hope in the face of our raw mortality. Heaven will have the last word!
So, in these times when hope is much needed in the face of a menacing deathly threat, what possible inspiration can singing the lines "Imagine there's no heaven" ever bring?!
I hear someone reacting, ‘I grew up with my grandma. She took care of me since I was little, I love her very much and I can’t think of life without her. But now she’s dead because of this damned bug! And you’re telling me it’s easy to “imagine there’s no heaven”, that I don’t—can’t—have a little bit of hope of ever seeing her again? Thanks, but no thanks!’
You say, ‘Well, it’s the truth—there’s no heaven and it’s all fantasy! And it’s better that we base our life on the truth.’ First, is this the right time to provoke a metaphysical thought of heaven's non-existence, and that there’s only annihilation beyond the grave? Second—since we’re at it already—epistemologically, how sure are you there’s nothing beyond the grave? Have you gone to the other side and peered at the abyss and saw nothing, and lived to tell the tale that there’s no heaven? And by the way, when you traveled to the other side, did you bring with you a scientific lab, or at least some scientific tool to empirically verify heaven’s existence or nonexistence? Is there something that you know about these things that the rest of us don’t?
But you insist on science. Ok. Perhaps this recent, massive scientific study of the available data can tell you a thing or two about the reality of ‘after-death experience’—Sam Parnia (M.D., Ph.D) “head of a multidisciplinary team at Southampton University (United Kingdom) who published a study in the Official Journal of European Resuscitation Council, with the title “AWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study”… the largest study of its kind to date, using rigorous methodology” (link https://bit.ly/3bQpF7Q)
Here’s a short CBS News video clip, ‘Researchers say there's evidence that consciousness continues after clinical death’ (YouTube link https://youtu.be/WnoIf2NwaRY).
Here’s Dr. Parnia in Closer to Truth (link https://youtu.be/Hz_4FGdWVF8).
Gal, available scientific data may even suggest that perhaps we should instead imagine the possibility of heaven—of hope (a good place to ponder is John 14:1-3*).
Let’s go to the next one: “Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do”. Ah, the globalist-socialist utopia! Sorry Gal, to sing to leaders of countries right now in their panic to contain the pandemic—that “it’s not hard” to “Imagine there's no countries” when they’re all shutting hard their borders by stopping air, land, and sea traffic in and out of their countries—just will not do!
* Jesus encouraged his followers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”
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