Even in Secular Sweden

The previous post perhaps stereotyped people from developing countries as being  generally ignoramuses and superstitious lot. However yesterday’s headline in Metro Sweden proves that quackery knows no boundary.

The headline reads, “Social worker invoked spirit.” Family therapist says, “I have contact with your dead grandmother.” So was the claim of a social worker who was responsible for the counselling of a single mother of two in a place in Sweden called Katrineholm. The mother was terribly upset that she contacted “Insider,” a TV show doing exposé and they secretly filmed the social worker doing her hocus pocus. I was not able to see the show aired last night (because I have thrown away my TV set a looong time ago) but the report says that after being confronted the social worker stood by her claim that she was really able to speak with the woman’s grandmother. At the moment, the social worker/spiritual medium is being investigated by the Social services department.    

I’m surprised that even in a highly secularised society such as in Sweden, this kind of thing is flourishing. The apparent revival of metaphysical boolsheet all over the world is disconcerting indeed. Creationism/intelligent design, mysticism, new age crap, religious fundamentalism, etc, which I thought were gradually becoming a thing of the past are in fact claiming new grounds.

Where is the human race heading at the moment, I have no idea.

Is human civilization retrogading into the Dark Ages? I definitely hope not.

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11 Responses to Even in Secular Sweden

  1. jussy says:

    do you speak swedish at all – i agree with you on this point ! How awful of her to call upon withcraft instead of doing her job as she should !-take care -glädjespridaren .

  2. Zhu says:

    And still, you’re not in North America ! People do all kind of weird new age things. I think I’m pretty open-minded but sometimes…I think people behave this way because they’re scared. Of what ? Not sure…

  3. Smek This! says:

    Kind of combining two of your last mails with this comment. I read from Expressen yesterday that a Scottish man had had sex with his bike! Shame on him, bike has feelings too :)In Sweden many people have bikes. As a matter of fact, my land-lady was surprised to hear that I don’t have a bike here. A lonely man and everything, LOL!

  4. Smek This! says:

    Kind of combining two of your last mails with this comment. I read from Expressen yesterday that a Scottish man had had sex with his bike! Shame on him, bike has feelings too :)In Sweden many people have bikes. As a matter of fact, my land-lady was surprised to hear that I don’t have a bike here. A lonely man and everything, LOL!

  5. mogLi says:

    @Smek This: Hahaha! Sex with his bike? Mankind is really up to something. Maybe he’s trying to kick start evolution of man-machine life forms!@Jussy: Japp,,jag pratar svenska! 🙂 Anyways, I like it that still, most of the swedes don’t like their tax money being used in witchcraftry.

  6. mogLi says:

    Something really strange is going on in this comment section of Metrobloggen. First there was a comment by Zhu (#76 Correr Es Mi Destino in The 300 list) that made a disappearing act. I was replying to her comment about the prevalence of weird new age stuffs in North America and that people are probably afraid of something that’s why they do these stuffs.Secondly, Smek This comment became two! I don’t know what is going on in Metrobloggen, but some users have also noticed weird bugs in this site. Apologies to the readers whose comments have disappeared. I never delete comments except for spams selling me viagra.

  7. mogLi says:

    zhu’s comment is back! hahaha!as a reply, i can only agree with zhu that people are scared…of something unknown, something uncertain. there’s a passage in the novel Moby Dick that reads like this, “ignorance is the parent of fear.” So true!

  8. cheh says:

    Weird things seems prevailing these days,lolNo, thank you,no chitchat to dead grannies for me please! Takot ako sa mumu 😀

  9. crackgrrl says:

    I think people are dying to believe in something, they’re just not sure what that something might/should be. Me, I’m not so sure what to think of this ghost/spirit thing… my dog seems to have weird premonitions now and then, I prefer not to learn the details of why he suddenly freaks out for no visible reason — it scares the shit out of me even more.

  10. HairySwede says:

    Well, in defense of alot of non-believers, it is a good sign that this woman didn’t buy into the nonsense and had the good sense to contact someone which led to the social worker being investigated. A silver lining if you will.

  11. mogLi says:

    @HairySwede: Yes, you’re right. That’s really the positive side of the story.
    @Crackgrrl: Oh, maybe those times he was freaking out was when he found your stash of crack! hahaha!
    @cheh: yes, weird times! matatakutin ka pala ha…

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