One of my PIMI friends sent me the following message (nudge, nudge) -
"We had Brother Jackson - one of the Governing Body at our convention.
He had this neat illustration at the very end of the convention. He said what if you were watching a football game on TV and it was the Trojans against the Fighting Irish . . . and it's been a good game . . . and it's coming down to the last seconds and the Trojans get the ball ( then he stands like a football
player) and then he starts running ( and he picks up his foot like he's gonna take off) and you're glued to the TV - just waiting to see what will happen . . .and he makes it to the 30 then the 20 then the 10 yard line and he's at the one inch line and he stops. The guy with the ball stops and starts looking around for the game clock. And he yells how much time do I have left???
And you're staring at the TV in disbelief!!! !
What do you do?
You yell at the TV - IDIOT!!! RUN!!! RUN YOU IDIOT!!!
(and Bro Jackson is yelling this at us from the stage.)
It was so hysterical - then he stops and says that's where you are. This system is dying. We are at the GREATEST EVENT in mankind's history and the universe is watching.
We're at the one inch line and some of us are stopping and looking around and wondering where we are in the stream of time.
Do not look at the time. Just run . . . run . . . we're almost there."
Except, this same game has been played since the 1870s. So no, it didn't move me as my good friend probably hoped it would. And it just sounds farcical that everyone else thought it was a wonderful way of getting the point across.