It’s the end of the world as we know it

21 Dec

Has the world ended yet? Have you noticed any difference? Unless everything going on is a figment of my imagination, (but let’s not go there,) then all the gloomy prophets of doom have been shown to be idiots.
This is far from being a new phenomenon. When the year 1000 came around there were wild-haired prophets screaming that the world was about to end. If you really want to have a better look at that stuff, have a look at Tom Holland’s book, Millennium. When a significant proportion of the population were able to read the Bible in their native tongue, the followers of that insane drivel, the Apocrypha of St John the Divine, saw the end of the world at hand. Isaac Newton thought the world would end in the year 2000. The barmy army of Seventh Day Adventists have been predicting the end of the world since the middle of the nineteenth century and the Jehovah’s Witnesses have assumed their doomed mantle. This time it is the end of the Mayan calendar which has set the nutters off.
It makes you wonder what the motives of these people really are, or are people who spend their lives looking for signs and portents intrinsically crazy. Maybe it is just the search which drives them mad. Some are self-publicists and tub-thumpers, others see benefit from the destruction. The JWs think only a small band of core believers will survive and they will be able to inhabit the palaces of the wealthy. Besides the moral repugnance I hold for this belief, it does seem to indicate that God is some kind of neutron bomb wielding maniac. As for the assorted bunch of pillocks hanging around a French mountain because, errr, actually I have no idea what twisted logic drives them there, and really don’t care.
Let’s face up to it. We only have one life and we have to do the best we can with it, and try to enjoy ourselves a little bit on the way.
Oops, what was that noise like a mighty rushing wind? Oh, just a helicopter from the local army base. They don’t fly over more than three times a day.

Have a happy mid-winter feast type season and be excellent to one another.

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