When solving big, intractable problems, it’s important to have an open mind and a sense of creativity.
One person’s bonkers is another person’s innovation, you know? Corn flakes were invented to cure masturbation, for heaven’s sake, and look at them now.
Which is why we want you to take seriously Colombian Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya’s approach to ridding his town of murder: dropping holy water on the town from a helicopter.
A Catholic bishop plans to spray his city with holy water from a helicopter "to get rid of the Devil" https://t.co/CY5mtks5lj
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 26, 2019
People can’t innovate in a hostile environment where they can’t feel free to express their ideas without criticism.
In all honesty though, the situation in Buenaventura, Colombia of which the Monsignor is Bishop, is dire. As Colombia’s busiest port, Buenaventura is a locus of the country’s drug trade, and as such is run by paramilitary gangs who terrorize the locals.
Though the government recently created a “humanitarian zone” in the city, the Bishop says the murders have not stopped—he told news outlets there have been 51 in 2019 alone.
So, on July 14, Monsignor Montoya turning to other methods—he’ll borrow a helicopter from the Navy to cleanse the town.
“We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura from the air and pour holy water onto it … to see if we exorcise all those demons that are destroying our port… It will be a great public demonstration for the entire community, where we will pour holy water to see if so many bad things end and the devil goes out of here.”
Buuuut on social media people were… not exactly convinced by the Bishop’s big idea…
Holy water. Yes, that should do the trick.https://t.co/HZzWCNvMsg
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 26, 2019
Thoughts & Prayers level: Expert. https://t.co/YP3JbFu1kH
— Johnno Handforth (@JohnnoHandforth) June 28, 2019
Ha, I love this. It's so ridiculous.
— Exo Terra ab Inferno (@Jugbo) June 27, 2019
From a holy-copter.
— Oscar Frank Ford (@OscarFrankFord1) June 26, 2019
Well if you’re reasonably sure that the perpetrator of the murders is the Wicked Witch of the West please proceed with the water drop.
— Peter Martell (@ThatMartellBoy) June 26, 2019
No, it's definitely water with holes in.
— QQTX (@qqtx) June 26, 2019
This is a real story? I thought it was something from The Onion.
— JustBob (@JustBobinNJ) June 26, 2019
While others had a couple detour suggestions for the good Bishop…
Hmmm. How about DC and Mara Lago? https://t.co/Z9t3OYsmtS
— (((Christine Fair))) (@CChristineFair) June 26, 2019
Can they also throw a full bucket of holy water on Trump’s head while they are at it ..
— Roberta bergamini (@Robertabergami4) June 26, 2019
And, of course, others were just glad they weren’t in Buenaventura… just in case…
Me trying to make it out on time 🎃 pic.twitter.com/Nck9cup2Ey
— An actual black Gambino. (@UrFriendlyGiant) June 26, 2019
Anyway, while there may be some holes in the Bishop’s plan and none of us are quite sure it will hold water (see what I did there), here’s hoping the city of Buenaventura can find help and solutions soon.