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The Day God Winked

Every human on earth would remember exactly where they were on the day everything changed. Like Pearl Harbor or JFK’s assassination or September 11th, 2001, the event was firmly anchored in everyone’s conscience—sometimes clear, sometimes hazy, confusing, and ultimately unfathomable. The Day, so labeled by the billions who bore witness—the Day that swept away any other single episode in the history of mankind was so profound that many, even three years later, firmly believe that it was all some sort of delusion or dream; although only a few of the skeptical would openly admit they thought nothing at all happened.

Of course most of humanity, including myself, knew better. Those brief few minutes on that June afternoon changed my life forever. Or more accurately, it saved my wretched life from a downward spiral of self-inflicted abuse and a slow death by depression and self-loathing.

Was the experience the same for everyone? The answer was a clear and resounding ‘no’. Each person had their own interpretation of the event, depending on their core beliefs and their personal predispositions. What I find amazing is how The Day changed everything yet ultimately changed very little: the deeply religious remained deeply religious, the atheists clung firmly to their beliefs, and the poor agnostics were more confused than ever. But the overriding theme was unmistakable and consistent the world over, through all cultures and religions—humankind experienced something strange and otherworldly on that afternoon, and nothing would ever be same for generations to come.

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