Attention: On the 21st, let’s party like it is 18.104.22.168.19!by Don Lacey on Dec. 01, 2012, under Atheism, Atheist Humor, Critical Thinking, Freethought, Freethought Events, History, Logic, Question of the Day!, Reason, Science, Skepticism, The Rapture
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Harold Camping was wrong last year—twice! He predicted that Jesus Christ would return to the world and put an end to life as we know it. The rapture was nigh but it didn’t happen in May 2011 and it didn’t happen in October. In about 3 weeks, we’ll probably surpass another prediction of doom. This time the end is suppose to arrive on December 21st—the same day as the winter solstice. Remember that Christmas is on December 25th a few days later. What’s a “true believer” to do? Will buying Christmas presents indicate to the world that you believe deep in your heart that the world will still be around for Christmas? To be safe, will the true believer have their children open their presents early?
How many people actually believe the world is about to end? My guess, judging by the fact that I have to wait through 3 light changes at every intersection near shopping centers, is that not many are really serious about the ancient Mayan myth that the world will end at the end of the 12th b’ak’tun. However, there has been plenty of discussion on the subject in the media, on the net, and amongst my friends. The blog entry, http://tucsoncitizen.com/freethought-arizona/2012/09/27/december-21st-2012-is-less-than-90-days-away-so-what/ still gets hits daily. I wrote for another blog, The Yankee Skeptic, on the subject: http://yankeeskeptic.com/2012/11/17/its-the-end-of-the-world-or-maybe-not/ . In that blog, there is a bit more detail about the Mayans and their calendar. It ends with a reference to a NASA site on the internet where a scientist answers questions about Nibiru (Planet-X).
So last night while walking the Sabino Canyon tram road with the Tucson Hiking Meetup Group, the subject of the doomsday prediction came up in conversation and a new question emerged, “What will happen as a result of the doomsday prediction?” How will people react? Is there any benefit to living through a doomsday prediction? Will it make people treat others more kindly or have the opposite effect? We all know that it shouldn’t make a difference on how we treat others. There is a right way and a wrong way to treat other people and that shouldn’t change because of something as insignificant as the world coming to an end. However, if I truly believed in the prediction, I think I’d make some changes. The first thing I’d do is cancel my colonoscopy appointment. I’d stop saving up for stuff, empty my retirement fund, and start traveling everywhere—FIRST CLASS. I’d stop worrying about my diet, my weight, and my cholesterol. I’d forget about painting the house and put off changing the oil in the car.
Don’t forget to go to the Laff’s Comedy Café on the 16th. Sam Singleton will be there doing his Atheist Revival show. The doors open at 6 PM and the cost is $15 per person and $10 for students.