…” I got another germ …”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MARTIN CRUZ SMITH’s

‘Nightwing.’ 1977

‘Hey, Selwyn, you never told me. Wy did you give up the missionary business?’

Never did. It gave up on me. I got another germ, see?’

‘No.’

… ‘It’s my theory that religion is like a disease. A great religion’s like an epidemic. Take Christianity, Mohammedanism, Buddhism. Just like epidemics. Start in one place, always spread along the trade routes, flourish for a few hundred years and die out. Or get overrun by a new epidemic. I was sent here like a germ, to infect you people. Instead,’ he shrugged, ‘you infected me.’

Martin Cruz Smith