By Carl Duivenvoorden
Climate change is no laughing matter, but a book on climate change I read recently included this joke:
A man is walking down a road in India. Suddenly he spots a crowd of panicked people rushing toward him. “Run for your life!” they cry as they sprint by. “There’s a mad
elephant on the loose!” But the man thinks, “I am not worried. God will take care of me.” And he continues walking.
Soon he meets another crowd dashing toward him. “Run!” they shout. “An elephant’s on a rampage!” But the man continues on. “I am not worried,” he reaffirms. “God will take care of me.”
Soon he meets a third group of screaming people racing toward him. “Run!” they yell. But again he reassures himself, “I am not worried. God will take care of me.” And he keeps walking.
Suddenly, he spies the elephant. It spies him, rushes in and tramples him. As he lies dying, he moans, “God, why didn’t you take care of me?” And from the clouds the voice of God rings out: “You idiot! Why do you think I sent all those people to warn you?”