Musings

The Inexhaustible Appeal Of Ignorance

“Today, not only in peasant homes but also in the city sky-scrapers, there lives alongside the [twenty-first] century the tenth or thirteenth. [Billions of] people use electricity and still believe in the magic power of signs and [religious superstition].”
– Leon Trotsky

Culture, Musings

Africa’s Demons

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ghanas-witch-camps-last-refuge-of-the-powerless-and-the-persecuted-8081391.html

When I was young there was a popular Nigerian soap centered around a Village Headmaster. This enlightened soul laboured to wean his fellow villagers off superstition but to no avail. Sadly, speaking to people from the dark continent, one sometimes feels like The Village Headmaster. Even highly educated people believe in demon possession crap which leads to the torture and abuse of children and women to account for misunderstood phenomena or accidents. And proof demons exist? Jesus reportedly cast demons out of a man, sending them into a herd of pigs. The pigs later drowned themselves in the Sea of Galilee. Really? You just can’t make this stuff up.