The Duck Equation: Where Are All The Angels?

If the heavenly host is so numerous, why don’t we see cherubim, seraphim, and all the other divine orders mingling with us at Walmart and Costco every day?

Allan Milne Lees
6 min readMar 18, 2023
Image credit: National Geographic

For at least a thousand years in Europe the dominant mythology of Christianity led people to see angels and various other manifestations of the divine. Statues that moved or wept blood were commonplace. Sightings of angelic beings, always at a convenient distance and witnessed helpfully by a single person, were also not infrequent and could be counted on to generate good business from the pilgrim trade for years afterward. Today, however, aside from the occasional sighting of a shop-window mannequin floating down the Rio Grande and quite naturally worshipped as an incarnation of the Virgin Mary, we are woefully short of such events. Instead, we’ve substituted the twentieth-century industrial-age version of heavenly manifestations. Today, people are abducted by technologically advanced alien species that have traveled hundreds or even thousands of light-years in order to insert probes into the nether orifices of abducted humans.

Whether this represents progress or not, I leave to the reader to judge.

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Allan Milne Lees

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