Before you read further, I want to say this: I swear, as God Almighty Himself as my witness, and on my Father's grave, I am NOT making this up. I couldn't MAKE UP something more bizarre than this. Anyways.... I just got back from the American Model United Nations conference in Chicago. Every year a club from my University goes. While I'm no big fan of the actual United Nations, Model UN is always very fun, even though you have to put up with all of the left-leaning keynote speakers and such. (Last year in Toronto we had a speaker, a former UN bureaucrat of some fashion, bash the US in his speech for half an hour; there were more Americans in there than Canadians, and he got boo-ed big time.) In any case, the booklet they give us has advertisements for functions and organizations that are always entertaining to read. Last year they had an ad from some organization hoping to turn the UN into an all-powerful world government, for example. Why that strikes anyone as a good idea is beyond me, bu tI digress. But boys and girls, no B.S., one ad this year took the cake. Apparently, we have a new Jesus. Neo-Jesus. Jesus 2.0. Except he's not really Jesus, or any religious figure. Or maybe he is? In any case, his name is apparently Maitreya. Below are some quotes from the ad. -"Imagine a world free of war, poverty and injustice; where sharing and cooperation have replaced greed and competition." -"Extrordinarily wise, incorruptible leadership; working with women and men of goodwill from every corner of the earth." Oh, it gets better. -"Today, untold guidance and support is being offered to humanity in a way that has never before been possible. It comes from a group of fully enlightened teachers known as the Masters of Wisdom. Largely unknown to the public, they are advanced souls characterized by unconditional love, wisdom, and compassion. In response to humanity's need they have chosen to return to public roles in the world. Soon we will have the chance to see them, hear their advice, understand the world as they do, and benefit accordingly." -"At the head of this group is Maitreya, the World Teacher for these times. He comes as a modern man concerned with modern problems. He is not a religious leader, but an educator in the broadest sense, who will inspire us to create a new civilization; a Golden Age based on freedom and justice for all. To end the present chaos and misery and enter this Golden Age, Maitreya's advice to us is simple: 'Share and save the world.'" Again, I am NOT making this crap up. I have it in black and white right in front of me. Apparently the mouthpiece for this "great teacher" is a British author named Benjamin Creme (compose your own jokes), who has written a number of books or something about this. The address given for this organization, "Share International", has a post office box in North Hollywood. I'm SO SURE that that's where the Messiah is going to come from. In any case, if you don't believe me, go to their website. Share International I don't know if this is a scam, or if these people actually believe this nonsense, or what. Maybe it's just a load of new aged crap. I was hoping to find another "let's turn the UN General Assembly into a world parliament!" flyer with which to amuse you good folks, but this is better than I could've hoped for.