Signals from heaven
In the Umbrian capital Perugia satellites for TV reception sport images of Christ. Makes you wonder if the owners have discovered a brand new way to communicate with God.
The minimetro climbed steadily up towards Pian di Massiano in the centre of Perugia and stopped 439 metres above sea level, and looking out over the rooftops I suddenly found myself a lot closer to heaven than expected.
I’ve heard Bob Dylan ‘Knocking of Heaven’s Door’. Manhattan Transfer asked the operator to give them ‘Jesus on the line’. And Led Zeppelin tried to find a ‘Stairway to Heaven’. But I’d never thought of God as communicating via satellite, until I discovered the image of Christ on the satellite dish of an ordinary looking house in the Umbrian capital.
Christ in Colours
Up to then I’d though religion was broadcast by means of miracles, church bells and burning bushes, but the good people of Perugia have obviously kept their communication lines more up to date. Cause when I looked around again – after I’d pinched my arm and rubbed my eyes – I found the same design in various red, green, yellow and purple versions all over the place.
Strange to think that game shows with half naked dancers and bitchy reality programmes enter people’s living rooms through the eyes of the Savior, but it seems to be the case.
And now I cannot help wondering whether this in itself is a sign. And if so – of what?