“It does sometimes seem a shame that Noah and his party did not miss the boat,” quips Mark Twain as his sharp tongue aims at the heart of humanity. My favorite thing that Mark Twain satirically advocated, however, was to bring home missionaries from China. He wanted them to “sivilize” Southern white men who had sworn allegiance to the Ku Klux Klan. “You (missionaries) convert roughly one Chinaman per missionary per annum. That is an uphill fight against 33,000 pagans born every day.” At such moments, Twain makes me think about Jesus. > more.