It’s the end of my world…

It may be that there are a host of changes staring me in the face. It may be the coming emigration, and all the paperwork involved with that. It may be the quitting of a perfectly good job in a perfectly good job market and heading into a struggling market to find work. It may be that the end of the world is nigh. But I’ve been a little more introspective and reflective than usual.

Wait… what? The end is nigh?

<sigh> Yes. Of course. I am not going to denigrate my blog by linking to the garbage, but you can Google it for yourself. It is the considered opinion of some (Not all) Christians that the world ends on May 21st. (Just four more shopping days until the end of the world!) There seems to be some contention as to whether it is actually the END of the planet, or if it is just the so-called “Rapture”… a religio-cosmological removal of true believers and a subsequent hell-on-earth scenario for the rest of us until the TRUE end of the world. Some sites say that the phenomenon will begin at 6pm in every city in the world on May 21st. That’s right… 6pm. A sort of “rolling Armageddon” if you will. God will obviously take into account daylight savings time and political boundaries during his razing of the planet. Which I think is pretty damned decent of him, given that planet-wide demolition would seem to be his goal.

At the end of it all, Harold Camping, the man behind the prediction, and member of a religious radio station has certainly drummed up PLENTY of celebrity for his show, and most likely secured lucrative advertising rights too. We’re going to have to ignore that the same Harold Camping predicted the SAME end of the world on September 4th, 1994. (A day I remember as being a lazy Sunday notable only for its complete lack of world-ending events, Rapture or Satanic power struggles for the dominion of Man. I believe we had hotdogs for lunch.)

There is speculation that Harold Camping is only making these predictions to further his own ends. But that would mean that a religious man was lying for personal gain. And that would be wrong…. right?

Actually… there have been a few predictions of disaster aimed at the end of this year.

As a recent survivor of a magnitude 14 earthquake and a 170 metre (170 METRES!!!) Tsunami, I feel honoured to be able to still type without having to hold my breath. Oh… and my internet connection is pretty good considering that Taiwan was meant to have been torn in half. For those of you in the western hemisphere who perhaps have no idea of what I am talking about… well…  Here in the East, we have our fair share of religious crackpots too. Enter Master Wang. (Seriously… his name in Romanised English is “Wang”. ) Master Wang is/was a Feng Shui “master”. Now, in Taiwan, Feng Shui is far more than a practical and mystic way to orient your furniture. (No pun intended) Feng Shui comprises a system of beliefs that has commentary on life, the universe and everything. Feng Shui (Pronounced “FONG SHWAY” for those of you who are still botching it!) is a big deal here. People consult their Feng Shui teachers in the way that priests used to be approached with life and family problems in the past in the west. Anyways, Master Wang upped and burbled to his followers a prediction of a magnitude 14 earthquake that would strike Taiwan at 10:42 and 37 seconds on May 11th. Yes, that’s right. Magnitude FOURTEEN. Because exceeding the maximum recorded quake in known history by a factor of 5 on an exponential scale is nothing when you have spiritualism on your side. Anyway… the resulting tsunami was set to return at 170 metres in height. Weirdly, it would take a further 6 days for the tsunami to hit Taiwan. (Apparently, Master Wang isn’t strong in geography or geology skills.) To survive the tsunami, many of his loyal dupes followers purchased converted shipping containers for a princely NT$ 160k each. (That’s about 4000 Euro in real money.) (I used to quote real money in US Dollars… but… they’re about to exceed their national debt cap, which raises some concerns as to the liquidity of their government. Euros it is.) There is speculation that Wang was involved in some way with the production of these containers. But that would mean that a religious man was lying for personal gain. And that would be wrong…. right?

Probably my favourite Doomsday prediction is the: Y2K Global Collapse. No wait, I prefer the…

The Mormon belief in the Return of Christ in 1891.  No wait, I prefer the…

The Jehovah’s Witness END OF THE WORLD and SECOND COMING of  1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, 1994! No wait, I prefer the…

The conjunction of the major planets and our subsequent magnetic destruction of December 17th, 1919.  No wait, I prefer the…

Miller’s End of the World March 21st 1843 October 22nd 1844. No wait… I prefer the…

Mayan Calendar End of the World in 2012!

Oh yes… we have a winner. This Doomsday belief comes from a heady mix of ignorance and gross stupidity, mixed in with a dash of fervour and absolutely no common sense whatsoever.

See, there were these Indian types, right….  Sorry… make that MesoAmericans. (Because calling a Mayan an “American” is more politically correct than calling him “Indian”.) Anyways, these guys used great big stones to mark their calendars. And according to some arbitrary measurement, they had “Ages” of the world. (Not really arbitrary, it is just that they used Base 20 and Base 18 mathematics, and that makes my head hurt.) Given that they all died out thanks to greedy white people that discovered their land and killed anything that they couldn’t steal natural causes, they only carved stones for a little way into the future. Living in their third world, they made calendars for every day until the end of their fourth world. Which is pretty industrious considering most of US can’t program a VCR three days in advance. Anyways, someone got hold of this, saw that their calender was marked until 2012, and made the logical leap that that meant that the world ended in 2012. Which is tantamount to you reaching the end of the fourth chapter in a book and simply throwing it away because the book is “done”. Irrespective of the fact that the Mayans had already lived through three Ages… suggesting that they were comfortable with the concept of a new Age beginning, and irrespective of the fact that the Mayans celebrated the end of each Age with MASSIVE parties… suggesting that they approached it in the way teachers approach the end of term, well.. irrespective of all this, we have a remarkably popular Doomsday event. And a Hollywood movie. (Which makes it real… of course. The same way Ben Afleck made Pearl Harbour real… the way that the only people who ever shot Nazis were American soldiers… and how if aliens ever did land, they would of course gravitate to Washington DC… not anywhere in Europe. )

Ah well. It amuses me that people have been falling for the same scientific or religious hyperbole for thousands of years. It saddens me that the liars often get to make more than one Doomsday prediction, an occurrence that I simply cannot fathom. It disgusts me that money is made off of fear and ignorance by those who would abuse the trust that they have been given. It angers me that the media play their part in whipping up public furore. But then… stupid is as stupid does.

Me? I’ll plan for the future. One where nothing is going to absolve me of accountability tomorrow for my actions today.

Yeti out.

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9 responses to “It’s the end of my world…

  • jamieahughes

    Neil, I understand your frustration with all of this. People are, by and large, easily led dolts. However, Christians who read the Bible would know than any and all attempts to predict the “end of the world” or the rapture know that every single person who tries to do so is one hundred percent wrong. All one has to do is read Matthew 24.

    There are many wonderful passages and examples to quote here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention verse 36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Not even Christ knows when that day will come; the knowledge of that day is for God’s knowledge alone. Ergo, any and all guesses are wrong. 🙂

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2024&version=NKJV

    • TheValentineYeti

      @ Jamie… Yes, even from a Christian perspective Doomsday prophets are wrong. If I may play Devil’s Advocate, (From a Christian stand-point… odd.) there is another quote from Luke which also corroborates the idea that Doom prophets that claim to be Christian are by definition incorrect. Chapter 12, verse 40. (For the non-Bible-types out there, it says something about Jesus coming when “you least expect it”. Yes. I am an atheist. Yes, I can use a Bible.)

      Basically, if they believe in the Bible, and follow it faithfully, then either they or Jesus have to be lying when they make a prophecy. 🙂 Basically saves me the effort of having to disprove their claims. 🙂

  • Angela Perry

    I have my own theory about the end of the world. It involves reversal of the magnetic poles and subsequent frying of all electronics by massive solar storms. What, no Internet?! My world would effectively cease to exist.

    Now, all I need is a radio station, an army of RVs, and a few billboards…

    • TheValentineYeti

      Oh gods! No internet!

      That would be terrible. 🙂

      (Good to hear from you again Angela! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Drop me a PM on Facebook…how’re things?)
      🙂

  • Jebb X

    Son, you’re showing your age. What’s a VCR again 😉

    • TheValentineYeti

      heh heh! I’m not sure, really. I have actually never owned a VHS tape. I mean, we had them about the house, but I never bought one. DVDs. From the start. 🙂

      How’re things in PE? (You – Long time no blog!)

  • Jim

    “…and how if aliens ever did land, they would of course gravitate to Washington DC…”

    You have no means to grasp how very pleasant that thought can be. […he says, while fondly recalling the President’s words in Mars Attacks!: “I want the people to know that they still have two out of three branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad.” or, as the Martians would say, “Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack-ack! Ack! Ack-ack!”]

    But the end of the world will arrive in just a few days? Nah… I don’t think so — my wall calendar gets us through to the end of January 2012. Still, that does make me just a little uneasy. I mean, our calendar makers are using more advanced technologies and sciences than those MesoAmericans, right?

  • Evan

    I have no problems with religious nut jobs predicting the end of the world, or if they’re not religious nut jobs they’re people who knowingly and willingly feed upon the fears of others for material gain.

    Now, if they really do believe the end of the world is nigh, I do wish they would donate ALL, and I mean ALL of their worldly possessions to charities that could actually use them.

    If Mr. Camping is sincere in his belief that the end of the world is nigh, then what does he have to lose? If he’s actually correct, no one need worry about worldly possessions any more. If he isn’t correct however, at the very least he has done a good deed and donated his house, vehicles and all his money to people who could use it.

    So to paraphrase: If you really think the end of the world is nigh, donate donate donate!

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