Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the World

Ever since recorded time, about 5,000 B.C., people have been predicting the end of the world - which really did happen if you lived close to Mount Vesuvius when it blew its top (photo credits to National Geographic). But I think they meant when Jesus would come back and kick some booty on Mankind for our evils ways - a strange concept considering the teachings of the New Testament. I read somewhere that the Bible says "do not predict the end of time" but I guess that doesn't apply to hucksters, carnies, and carpetbaggers.

Did you ever notice that people who want a 'day of reckoning' always have a chip on their shoulder, like life didn't do them right? And when things go kaflooie, like a tsunami in Japan or a similar debacle, the damage is ... so localized, and not worldwide. Well dang.

I suppose I subscribe more to T.S. Eliot's point of view when he said "the world will not end with a bang but a whimper." Indeed, the Apocalypse could take another 500 years before we even get close.

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