If you’re reading this, you didn’t die in a massive conflagration of natural disasters that has even bored Roland Emmerich to death. The world didn’t end at 5:11 AM Chicago time, which was when the last Mayan cycle ended, and the next began. Nothing bad happened that wouldn’t have happened anyway, and things move forward.
Life goes on.
So does the stupidity.
It amazes me how people are so taken in by utter bullshit every day. A few years ago it was the Rapture that was, for sure, gonna happen in 2011. People sold off their possession, convinced they were off to meet the lord, but the only way that was going to happen is if they got personal with a Guyana Cocktail. Before that it was the Heaven’s Gate yahoos, who at least had enough fortitude to carry through on their insanity and leave the world a little more sane. And before that . . . hell, people, too much, because it seems like someone thinks the world is going to end at any moment, and only the faithful are going to survive–or, if nothing else, be rewarded with a trip to Heaven Land, or some such stupidity.
And you think this is the end? Not a chance. We have another Rapture coming up in 2015, because British Methodist theologian Adam Clarke said so, and no other than Sir Issac Newton, claimed that his studies proved that the Rapture couldn’t possibly occur before 2060, so look for the Raptors (Can I call them that without pissing off the real raptors?) to get all jiggy over that one, because, hey, Sir Issac said so!
People are a gullible lot, and the majority of them seem to be on Facebook these days. Even today I saw another of those, “Can you believe THIS?” memes going around about there being “December 2012 will feature 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays, a combination of days that occurs only once every 823 years,” and you better pass that along so you can make money.
I mean, it only takes a close look at calendars, and a little common sense, to understand that the whole, “I happens once every 823 years” is total crap. But it’s easier to believe the crap than it is to call it out as illogical claptrap. Why? Because of Sturgeon’s Revelation, I suppose. Harlan Ellison suggested that the Revelation applied to people as well, and in the forty-five years since reading that, I’ve seen little to suggest otherwise.
It’s far better, it would also seem, to just make fun of the lunacy of the event, rather than tell people who appear to even the smallest belief that the End is Nigh, that they are crazy and should either get their head straight, or to keep their insanity to themselves–or, better yet, get help for their delusion. Because you aren’t helping anyone by professing your opinion that the end of the world is coming, and we gotta get ready. You’re a problem, and it would be best if you leave us alone.
Oh, is that too mean? Just ask a “prepper” if I’m wrong, and they’ll tell you I’m the crazy one. They’ll tell you the end if coming, and you need lots of things: clothes, food, guns . . . lots of guns.
Just ask Nancy Lanza how that worked out for her.