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The end of the world

Here are some heartening words from Tom Lehrer in a 1959 composition:
And we will all go together when we go.
What a comforting fact that is to know.
Universal bereavement,
An inspiring achievement,
Yes, we will all go together when we go.

Oh we will all fry together when we fry.
We’ll be french fried potatoes by and by.
There will be no more misery
When the world is our rotisserie,
Yes, we will all fry together when we fry.

Oh, we will all burn together when we burn.
There’ll be no need to stand and wait your turn.
When it’s time for the fallout
And Saint Peter calls us all out,
We’ll just drop our agendas and adjourn.

Did you know that the world is coming to an end? No, me neither until last weekend a friend told me that the problem date is 21 December 2012 apparently, as this marks the end of the Mayan calendar. I was curious. A quick google search reveals there are many amusing predictions for the end of the world about this time.

For example, the American Traditional Catholic Church predicts that darkness will envelop the earth pretty soon. A cross will appear in the heavens and the family and society will fall apart, that “…the gates of Hell will be opened and satan and his demons shall be released and given authority to roam the earth without limitation. There will be complete darkness for three days.” Blimey!

And Terence McKenna ‘Novelty Theory’ says that on 12 December 2012 at “the moment of the solstice and the heliacal rising of the galactic center, levels of planetary novelty will exponentially increase” resulting in “Hyperspatial Breakthrough, Planetesimal Impact, Alien Contact, Historical Metamorphosis, Metamorphosis of Natural Law, Solar Explosion, Quasar Ignition at the Galactic Core.” Gosh!

But don’t worry. All of end of the world predictions have so far come to nought. Recent ones include 6 June this year, when because the number of beast is 666 (06-06-06, see? ) something nasty was due according to the bible’s book of Revelation. Phew! We survived.

Likewise, Eric Julien of the Exopolitics Institute is probably feeling a bit daft right now. He said a comet would hit the Atlantic ocean on 25 May this year and generate a tsunami almost 200 meters high! He said underwater volcanoes would raise the temperature of the sea to the boiling point and that tens of millions of people across North America and Europe would die. He predicted these events after a series of visions.

I recently came across a man who when I asked him to tell me more about the coming of the lizards which would mark the end the world as we know it, withheld vital information from me and called me a bitch. A bit harsh, I thought.

I know it’s cruel and unethical, but you can have a lot of fun with the crazy beliefs of deluded nutters. But what makes the crazy belief of a deluded nutter different from the vision of a religious prophet, I wonder?

I finish this blog on a more serious note: some of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East must believe the end of the world is happening right now.

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