Volume 93, Issue 87

Wednesday, March 15, 2000


Revelation or drunkenness

Words more offensive than any actions

Revelation or drunkenness

Re: "God as explained through Star Trek?" March 8

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in response to Mr. Sean "Man of La Mancha" Maraj's column outlining, in painful detail, his thoughts on the existence of God which, as he tells us, he derives usually after a round with his "good friend Johnny Walker."

In his column, he states the idea of God is ridiculous and that "it's easy to say something beyond your understanding is caused by some unknown entity named God. It's silly and dangerous." Instead, he would have us believe human ignorance perpetuates this "false" reality of the world.

The Man of La Mancha attempts to enlighten the readers by offering an analogy of our friend Capt. James T. Kirk and his trusty engineer Scotty of Star Trek fame, appearing spontaneously 2,500 years ago and being taken as a "prophet" and "God," respectively, by an impoverished peasant of the time. Of course, this is not silly or dangerous.

Indeed, Maraj's theory makes much more sense than the crazy notion that there is a powerful creator of the 500 billion stars in the Milky Way, of the one billion neurons in the human brain, of the one million "known" species of insects in the world, of the sky, the earth itself and even our own souls.

How could I have been so duped?!?

I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your Sports Editor role and enlightening us with your brilliant thoughts on the universe. Oh – and to be completely fair and give credit where credit is due, I should also thank your esteemed research associate, Johnny Walker. Keep up the good work guys.

Belal Tassi
Electrical Engineering IV and Computer Science III

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