Now that Australia is destined to have nuclear submarines powered by highly enriched uranium, it is salutary to note that nuclear waste remains lethal for such a very long time that the US Department of Energy considered setting up an atomic priesthood!
Semiotic specialist, Thomas Sebeok, came up with this idea because of the improbability that humans living 10,000 years from now would understand our languages. The way to overcome this, he says, is to use legend and ritual to create a kind of Stonehenge administered by an atomic priesthood who would see to it ‘that our warning, as embodied in the cumulative series of metamessages, is to be heeded – if not for legal reasons, then . . . with perhaps the veiled threat that to ignore the mandate would be tantamount to inviting some sort of supernatural retribution.’
No doubt Pentecostalist Mr Morrison and many of his cabinet will have no difficulty in selecting candidates for the atomic priesthood!