Daryl Ilbury

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The History Channel – evidence we’re not from God

In Eish!, Fools, Science on November 8, 2014 at 5:58 am

History ChannelChristians would have you believe that you and I are the main purpose behind what they call ‘Creation’. They cling to the belief that their ‘god’ made us in ‘his’ image, and that we were given dominion over the animals and the environment. The British philosopher AC Greyling captured the bizarreness of this notion thus: “…this speculation makes us the aim of the great universal story: all those billions of years, billions of galaxies, billions of stars – it is all aimed at producing us, with our wars, our dentistry needs, our fashion sense”.

But let’s say it’s true – that we are the very pinnacle of a ‘Creation’, that the entire universe metaphorically revolves around us humans. How are we capitalising on it? If only we could get a snapshot of how we humans are making our mark in the Universe, some evidence of our superiority as ‘creations’. Luckily enough, there is such a snapshot. It’s called The History Channel, and it reminds us, through its pay-off line, that (human) history is made every day.

So how are we doing?

Join me as we flick through the programming.

  • American Daredevils – where American he-men risk their lives performing, arguably, stupid acts
  • Axe Men – where American he-men risk their lives to cut down trees
  • American Pickers – where American he-men buy stuff, and then sell it again
  • Pawnography – where American he-men buy stuff, and then, wait for it…sell it again
  • Pawn Stars – where American he-men buy stuff, and then (I think you know what’s coming)…sell it again
  • Cajun Pawn Stars – where American he-men buy stuff, and then sell it again, while sweating a lot
  • Mountain Men – where American he-men eschew modernity and social interaction to live in the mountains and hunt animals
  • Swamp People – where American he-men eschew modernity and social interaction to live in the swamps…and hunt animals
  • The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man – where one American he-man eschews modernity and social interaction to live in the swamps with his dog Willy…and hunt animals
  • Counting Cars – where American he-men restore cars and have competitions to see who can make the prettiest cars
  • Biker Battleground Phoenix – where American he-men restore motorbikes and have competitions to see who can make the prettiest bikes
  • Ice Road Truckers – where American he-men drive big rigs
  • Big Rig Bounty Hunters – where American he-men repossess big-rigs

I think you’re getting the picture…

Suffice to say, if the History Channel is indeed providing a snapshot of what the pinnacle of the creation of some omnipotent deity is doing with its collective life, then it leaves a lot to be desired.

Or…perhaps, as science is trying to show us, there actually is no God and we’re not the metaphoric centre of the universe. That we are, humbly, just one of a number of life-forms on a planet that is simply one of a number of planets that revolve around a star that is only one of billions of stars in a galaxy, that is only one of billions of galaxies in the universe; or as Douglas Adams wondrously put it: “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun.”

…and The History Channel programming is simply aimed at American men with masculinity issues.