Leave Tesla alone!
This isn't a Britney Spears-related rant, this is about the freakin' relocation of Nikola Tesla's urn
from his one and only museum in the world to a church yard
Government of Serbia and the interim
City Council of Belgrade, along with a warm welcome from the clergy, have decided to relocate the urn with Tesla's ash
from the only Nikola Tesla museum in the world to the yard of the largest Orthodox church in the world (both in Belgrade). The arguments that they are using to justify this are absolutely absurd and are only there to conceal the true motive, and that is the campaign for the upcoming local and parliamentary elections in a couple of weeks.Why is this wrong?
Tesla was one of the greatest scientists
the world has ever had, and was even dubbed "the inventor of the 20th century". You don't become that through belief, but through thought and hard work. Although he wasn't an atheist, he was
a great sceptic and strongly opposed to any religious fanaticism that this act certainly is a form of. He was a man of experiment, and not one of prayer.
The sole fact that his body was cremated
speaks enough itself against the Orthodox dogma that cremation is basically a renouncing of resurrection. Last, but not least, a museum is a much more appropriate place for an urn than an open-air church yard.
And to make the idiocy even bigger, they are also planning to erect his monument (to sooth the more secular part of population, I guess), right next to the urn, while Tesla already has
, not one, but two monuments in Belgrade
! One is in front of the Electrical Engineering Faculty, and the other is in front of Belgrade international airport that bears his name (he did invent the radar). A monument in the yard of a gargantuan church would be not only diminutive, and therefore insulting, to his personality and achievements but also basically wrongly placed.What is there to do?
We, the thinking people of Belgrade, are going to go on protest to stop the relocation of Tesla's urn
and prevent the prevailing of stupidity. This protest will be happening both online and offline (as in real-world), and its only goal will be to leave Tesla alone
! Moving someone's ashes, and to a place they don't belong, isn't nice.
Starting today, we've set up the page linked below, and the real protest will be happening in a couple of days. So please, go and give this page a Like
(yes, it is on that-other-place). The more Likes we collect, the more power our real-life protests will have. I know how much liking a fb page is silly, but it's a start.
Thank you for reading and for supporting the reason! May the lightnings be with you!
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