Thousands of people in Sweden are having futuristic microchips implanted into their skin to carry out everyday activities and replace credit cards and cash. More than 4,000 people have already had the sci-fi-ish chips, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted into their hands — with the pioneers predicting millions will soon join them as they hope to take it global. Like glorified smartwatches, the chips help Swedes monitor their health and even replace keycards to allow them to enter offices and buildings.
New York Post
Sweden is a post-Christian nation, although 57.0% of Swedes belonged to the Church of Sweden, only 2% of the church’s members regularly attend Sunday services. Most of the religious people in Sweden are Muslim and Eastern Orthodox Christian immigrants. In short, Sweden is a secular society unfettered by religious superstitions and myths.
That’s why it’s not surprising that thousands, and hopefully soon millions of Swedes are having microchips implanted into their skin to replace credit cards and cash. There are no evangelical televangelists on Swedish TV warning Swedes that the implants are the mark of the Beast, and a sign of the End Times. There are no fundamentalist politicians proposing legislation to ban implants. Swedes don’t have any religious reservations about getting implants, they don’t see the technology as a mark of allegiance to Satan.
When implants are available in the United States, I will be first in line to get one. Not only will they make identity theft almost impossible, but they are invaluable as devices to store medical records. If I’m in an auto accident, and rushed unconscious to the hospital, I want the physicians to know that I’m allergic to penicillin, and need high blood pressure medication.
There will be furious resistance to microchip implants in America from white evangelical preachers and politicians. How ironic that evangelicals who worship a vulgar and racist president who resembles the Antichrist, have their panties in a twist over a benign microchip implant that they superstitiously believe is the mark of the Beast.
Anyway, I’m down with microchip implants, I prize convenience and security over superstition.