Posted to another site, reposting here for the lulz But yeah, Welp, I think my dad went full-religious batshit insane, unfortunately. We were having a conversation about how they found out my dog had a microchip. Cool, normal. Then he said they've been calling him "devil dog". I was extremely confused as to why. He then went on to say that in the bible revelations in the end times the mark of the beast 666 would be marked on humanity, and there was speculation that in some dystopic future humans would be marked via microchips on a worldwide basis. He warned me to never get a microchip on myself nor on children. Uhhhh....I was pretty baffled. Microchipping is an incredibly intuitive procedure which helps pets and animals always be able to be identified in the event that they get lost and returned home to avoid unwanted death. It's a great procedure. I can't believe he could go about demonizing the fact that my dog had a microchip. He referenced the fact that in some countries children were microchipped as well in the event they could get lost. While I see the dystopic concern in microchipping humans, there's still very practical application and would greatly help in the safety and tracking of children; just think in the event of abduction no criminal could easily get away with it (well...not without some disturbing ways to evade capture, but if they didnt know...) Perhaps with ethical conduct and regulation the future of microchipping could be safe and not a cause for govermental control. But hey, I'm not concerned about the practicality of human-microchipping at this time nor the potential means for disturbing governmental influence...I dont intend to ever be microchipped nor will I ever as an adult find any practical application in it when I have other means to live, and I wouldnt go out of my way to microchip a child, either. Just.. yes it's a dicey topic, but once again I'm getting severely dissapointed at my father's uncanny beliefs in demonizong everything. I swear he didnt used to be this bad. Must be some of his go-tos for news and resources. I think once again he brought up the topic as an aside to dissuade me from some of my unsavory life decisions and traits, a reminder that the end is nigh and I should turn to the right path, perhaps. Thread warning: Keep the bitter atheism stuff to a minimum, really I have various relgious beliefs myself, but I find extremism on all fronts to be counterproductive I dont care who or what you believe, but I dont bash general Christianity to this day despite my own family's constant ignorance and nonsense, at times.