21 October 2011

Waiting for the Apocalypse: Will the Universe Be Destroyed Today?

.
21 October: Vast floodwaters are descending on greater Bangkok, and we are prepared to move out on a moment’s notice. But more importantly, today is the End of the Entire World! Today is the date that the American shaman Harold Camping prophesied as the cataclysmic destruction of the entire Universe.
.
Yes, he did fumble a bit last spring when he prophesied that The Rapture would occur on 21 May 2011, and when it did not happen he admitted that he was “dumbfounded” about the non-event. Maybe the Rapture did happen and he was simply not worthy of being taken up. I don’t know. No one I know came up missing on that day.
.
But, as these shamans always do, he later recovered with some kind of apologetic mumbling about what the true significance of the 21 May 2011 date was. He then declared that today, 21 October, was to still be the day of the destruction of the entire Universe (as his original prediction had stated, presupposing the Rapture of the worthy ones in May).
.
This whole episode is but a common occurrence in history. For instance, see the Great Disappointment of the followers of the American preacher William Miller in the early 1800s. It is a fascinating pathology.
.
However, the floodwaters are still bearing down on us here in Thailand. I won’t be so smug if I’m swept away to Hell in a deluge before midnight Indo-China Time.
.
If you don’t hear from me by tomorrow at midnight, head for high ground.
.
-Zenwind.
.

No comments:

Post a Comment