Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm Sure Flying THAT Airline

Via Ann Althouse, this story about Nepal Airlines, their state-run carrier. They were having persistent problems with one of their planes, so they sacrificed two goats to appease the Hindu God of Sky Protection, Akash Bhairab.

I wish Ayn Rand were alive, and blogging, because I am sure her howls of outrage would be entertaining. Imagine this -- a jet airplane is a physical embodiment of the power of the reasoning human mind. It works, or doesn't work, according to the laws of nature, not the whim of some deity. And yet some humans still imagine that sacrificing goats can affect whether the plane is fixed. And yet, how different is that from saying a little prayer before a flight, which I have seen people do?


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