Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God, “Where have you been?”
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look, Michael, look what I’ve made”.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?”
“It’s a planet,” replied God “and I’ve put Life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance.”
“Balance?”, inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth, “For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while southern Europe is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot. Over there I’ve placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people,” God continued, pointing to diffrent countries. “This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”
The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a large landmass and said, “What’s that one?”
“Ah,” said God.”That’s Finland, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, sunsets, and rolling hills. The people from Finland are going to be modest, intelligent, and humorous and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace.”
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed,”What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!”
God replied wisely, “Wait until you see the idiots I’m putting next to them in Sweden and Russia.”