Back when I was a kid I used to get a few of those chain letters.
You know the things – you'd get a card from your cousin [in my case it was nearly always a cousin for some reason] with a list of names and addresses. You had to add your name and address to the list, send a card to the sender and then copy the card and send it to ten friends. The theory was that you would eventually get dozens of cards through the post.
I think I tried it a couple of times and then lost interest.
But then they started getting threatening. If I broke the chain then all sorts of evils would befall me. My house would burn down, my sister would be sold into slavery and I would die a long, painful and lingering death. I carried on ignoring them and strangely none of the evils happened [though I suppose there is still time?]
Now of course this idiocy has transferred to Farcebook and Twitter. If you love Jesus then type AMEN and share with all your friends: the implication being that if you don't share then you're a Godless Heathen [which I am, but that’s beside the point]. A variation on the theme is that if you pass on the message then some child or other will be saved from some horrible disease. I wasn't aware that hospitals worked on the number of "likes" or "retweets" but there you are – I live and learn.
Sometimes though someone takes the piss, or I assume they're taking the piss unless they are total morons, when they post a picture of some apparently unfortunate victim of some tragedy. They ask for AMENs to somehow cure this "victim" and wait for the AMENs to pour in. And pour in they do.
The best I have seen yet was on Twitter –
There was something slightly iffy about that so I took a look. Rather than search for firemen rescuing kids, I did a simple image search.
So all those Twits are in fact imploring Jesus or whoever to save a character from a film? Do you laugh at them or feel sorry for them? It's hard to know.
I can't help but wonder how many chronically sick people died as a result?