It can be said, the John Frum movement began as opposition to the harmful mythology of Christianity. Perhaps the practitioners share in the irony, as did the Bokononists in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. The John Frum movement seeks a return to "kustom", rejecting the influence of Christian missionaries that descended upon them during colonial rule. Christianity has led to recent violence on the island, as followers of Prophet Fred seek to eliminate the heresy of John Frum. Prophet Fred is a charlatan who won over a village by 'predicting' the collapse of a delicate natural structure. He preaches Christ's return, which is two millennium overdo, while mocking the hopes of John Frum's return. How I would love to prove him wrong with a grand exhibition of modern generosity, ala cargo!
As Christians made a holiday of the Pagan New Year (April Fools Day), February 15th can become an atheist holiday, recognizing the absurdity of religion while practicing generosity without the hope of heavenly rewards.
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