As the photo implies, with my handle-bar-basket taking up space in the frame, I was riding my bike along a publicly designated path, getting my exercise and enjoying nature. Without warning and to my sudden surprise, lo and behold, I struck it rich!
Of course, I realized it was a prank.
“Evangelism by probability” is a method of attempted psychological coercion in which a religionist plants propaganda in a public space in consideration of the chances that someone will come along, find the message, and act accordingly.
That this particular religious message is printed on the semblance of cash in an astonishingly large amount is revealing. The message is actually more of an imperative in which the reader is urged to consider, that he or she may be going to hell. The conclusion I am drawing is that the church is running out of money, so what better way to collect cash than to threaten people with hell so they can empty their pockets.
While the content of the message can clearly be philosophically skewered, the final comment is a gem for its prize dogmatism. Because that’s the way religion operates, it has to smack people around, keep ’em obedient (to keep the cash flow coming in).
What to do with this lovely phony bill?
1. Frame it, heed the message, and get my ass to church.
2. Flush it down the toilet.
3. Use it to ignite my barbecue.
4. Make origami.