The end of this wicked world is coming. Soon. Between the Rapturist Christians, Shia Moslems and so many others others there must be a billion people who believe we are all about to get our over-due comeuppance. Can they all be wrong? This week's New York Times Magazine has a lengthy piece expounding the beliefs of a group of folk they call "amateur scholars" about the end of time.
What exactly is the end of the world? Poof! The planet disappears. Hmmmm. That's an awful lot of matter to remove from the universe that doesn't seem to allow mass or energy to be created or destroyed. Perhaps the agents of destruction might want to start with a pine cone or fingernail as a proof of concept. I volunteer my neighbor brat kid's fireworks collection for transport to the ethereal plain.
Wipe out humanity? We're tough. We live and thrive in every eco system on the planet. Antarctica to Zanzibar, we're there. Killing us off is pretty much going to kill everything else, even the cute little baby bunnies. There are no wicked baby bunnies deserving destruction. Teleport us to somewhere else? Sure it works on Star Trek, but that was just because Gene Roddenberry couldn't write a believable way to land that ungainly starship the props department designed.
I have a modest proposal. If all the folk waiting for the end of the world would settle on a date certain, then we wouldn't have to mess with this stuff anymore. Of course this will never happen. The Rapture industry and 12th Imam business is booming and making millions selling spiritual pornography.
I wasn't able to finish the New York Times Magazine article because at my advanced age I have a much lower tolerance level for spiritualist crap. Read it if you will, but you have been warned.
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