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? »