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.