Yesterday, while flipping through a copy of Time Magazine, I came across this random quote, published out of context, in their "Verbatim" column:
"I do not know what we did. But we must have sinned for God to be angry like this."
-- Jodi Riwono, survivor of an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale that struck near the Indonesian city of
If he did, he's probably bemoaning his communications skills: "Oh, for my sake! I went to all the trouble to kill all those people and I failed to make it clear why!" (And then he hit himself in the forehead repeatedly, saying, "Stupid, stupid stupid!")
But what if he didn't have anything to do with the quake? In that case, he's probably pretty steamed that Jodi Riwono is blaming him for it. How would you like to be blamed for a massive natural disaster you had nothing to do with? You'd probably feel like slapping
Or maybe God did create everything but couldn't stop the earthquake, kind of like how I was partially responsible for creating my son but can't stop him from watching "Stump the Schwab" on ESPN2 instead of mowing the lawn. In that case, it seems like Jodi Riwono's comments would be really adding insult to injury, making God feel not so bad about being unable to stop the quake.
Another possibility could be that Jodi Riwono was being sarcastic. Maybe a reporter asked her 50 different ways how she felt about the quake and, exasperated, she rolled her eyes and said, "I do not know what we did. But we must have sinned for God to be angry like this. Ya fuckin' happy?" Only Time left the last sentence off, along with the all-important eye-rolling info.
But the way it reads in Time, you get the idea that Jodi Riwono is some kind of superstitious lunatic -- like those Headhunters on Gilligan's
And it's interesting that Jodi doesn't examine her own sins, but those of her whole nation. WE must have sinned, not I must have sinned. Which usually means YOU must have sinned.
So, God – if that is your real name – and you do exist and you didn't smite
On the other hand, if you did smite
"The religious nuts just kinda pissed me off."