Friday, September 08, 2006

Are You Worried About 'Elektrosmog'?

Hermann the German reports that many in Germany are concerned about a dire environmental crisis:
"elektro-smog" that this awful [cell phone] technology produces, you know, the harmful levels of electromagnetic and low-level microwave radiation that nobody anywhere has ever been able to prove, well, this stuff is slowly killing them all..
Hermann points to this article discussing the concern, held by 55% of all post-modern, Germans!

That article, from a German journalist, also says:
In contrast to their fear of insidious elektro-smog, just 38 per cent believe Germany faces any imminent terrorist threat...

In the major port of Hamburg, which has a population of nearly 2 million, Emnid researchers found that 82 per cent are convinced their mobiles pose a serious health threat.

Ironically, the survey findings coincide with figures from the telecommunications industry showing that there are now more than 90 million mobiles in Germany, compared to 82 million human beings.

A quarter of those human beings - presumably infants and inmates and invalids - still have no mobile. That means the vast majority of Germans have at least one mobile phone if not two or more...

...for millions of Germans, mobiles are their only link with the outside world. And most Germans are convinced they are carrying elektro-smog emitters around with them in their purses and pockets every day...
The Max Planck Institute has apparently done some very preliminary research indicating that " phone emissions do appear in fact to have a deleterious effect, at least on synthetic cell membranes."

That's a thin strand on which to hang a lot of worry!

As I told Hermann:
Mark Twain once said, "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."

Jesus advises that we put off worrying until we actually have problems or we can do something about them: " not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today." [Matthew 6:34]

I think Elektrosmog is one of those things we can put off worrying about until later...much later.
By the way, Jesus gives His no-worry advice right after He tells us what we should concern ourselves with, God's kingdom. It comes from a larger section of Matthew's Gospel:
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:25-34)

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