When I first read Stephen King’s “The Mist” I was still a believer and quite young (about 10 at the time), the character of Mrs Carmody frightened me the most, although at that time I could not really say why se frightened me so. Years later (and still a believer I saw the 2007 film based on the short story). Again the character of Mrs Carmody frightened me the most, I’ve never been afraid of horror movies like “Night of the living dead”, because we know there aren’t any vampires, werewolves, etc. Horror films like “Scream” disturbed me more, since this was stuff that could literally happen in real life, and that is why Mrs Carmody frightened me the most of all.
Because we do get people like her out there. The zealots. The ones who in ordinary circumstances are mostly harmless. You won’t quite visit them alone at home, because deep down we realize they are dangerous with a capital “D” and spelled “AS CRAZY AS A SH*THOUSE RAT” Most believers will tolerate them, but will defend them mercilessly when someone wants to place this nutjob in a mental institution, because then we are prosecuting their poor sister/brother in faith. Never mind the fact that they also laugh behind this specimen’s back at them and are also afraid of them and can also smell the crazy coming off them.
Mostly they are harmless until the day they die. They might scare seven shades of shi*t from your kids, when jumping from behind the bush’s they’ve been hiding all day, in their bid to spread the good word, but other than that, no real harm done, it’s not as if they will start killing people or .
But sometimes in the right circumstances, they do get the chance to become dangerous and “infect” others with their craziness. It doesn’t need to be a scenario like in “The Mist”, it could be the political climate at the moment, our maybe the country entered a period of depression and the crazy loon gets to shoot his/her mouth off convincing others that he has the answer. Yes, they sometimes predict the correct outcome in one of their “prophecies”, but then again, a broken clock is correct twice a day.
Take David Koresh, no reasonable person would ever have said that he wasn’t crazy, but he convinced people that he had the answer, that he had a hotline to heaven and every bit of craziness being vomited from his mouth was the true word from god. The outcome was that he got innocent children killed, he may not have killed them personally, but his actions led those kids being killed in the most horrible way.
After the tsunami hitting Phuket in 2004 one lady working with me, claimed that the tsunami was the wrath of god, punishing the human race for some of the following “sins” : walking on the moon, flying, smoking, abortions, cell-stem research, atom bombs and others I can’t even remember. Why give us the brain power to develop the technology to travel to the moon and maybe someday even to other planets, if it is such a sin? Whilst I do believe the atom bomb is a monstrous atrocity, that never should have seen the light of day, one would do well to remember that the bomb was used by a country claiming to be mostly christian on a country where christianity is in the minority. People like this woman certainly has the potential to become Mrs Carmody, who will convince gullible, frightened people to commit atrocities, all in the name of religion, in a bid to save themselves.
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