end-of-the-world update

Delphic Sibyl by Michelangelo


According to web-based prophets of doom, we have only two or three weeks before the next anticipated collapse of everything we regard as normalcy. How many alerts have we been through before? At least four dates predicted by Harold Camping. Y2K. The “end” of the Mayan calendar in 2012. A firestorm was even predicted for 2013 by Grigori Rasputin (yes, the same guy who brought down the Romanov dynasty) in which most life on earth was to have been destroyed. Now, according to John Hagee and others, we’re supposed to be terrified by four “blood moons” in 2014-2015.

I’m not too worried. I have a full water supply and a two year-subsistence food supply… though I don’t really expect I’ll have to use it. As I have said with every prior apocalyptic prophesy: if living out here has taught me anything, it is that the sun will always rise the morning-after. The greatest danger of disaster exists between our ears and in places where there is a cacophony of mindless panic—in cities, schools, and on the Internet.

This isn’t to say that something bad won’t happen—bad stuff happens every day—but it is not a foregone conclusion that the bad stuff will defeat us. In fact, any coming adversity may just be the making of our world.

There is no education like adversity. Good things, new things, are often birthed from adversity. In fact, innovation is typically the only means of overcoming adversity. A spiritual rebirth out of adversity causes us to become new creatures. The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to imagine and make it. A better future would be impossible without adversity, otherwise we would be stuck in the past forever.

But more than likely, we will have to continue to muddle on as before. That second shoe never seems to drop.


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2 Responses to “end-of-the-world update”

  1. 1 matt
    August 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Wow, thought you would have gone with REM for the groove.

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