Given that the world was going to end, I thought that there was no point in blogging, although that would give me a perfect excuse for a low readership.
Anyway, I’m still here, and so are you it seems.
That international nut-job, Harold Camping, was desperately egging on the end of his world, but yet again, it didn’t happen. But, of course, I’m sure he didn’t think it would. He’s just another “Jesus=Money” phoney, who’s been in the god industry for decades.
His website has now counted down to zero, and one has to ask, why bother keeping the page up? Or is there no-one left at lunacy-central to take it down?
On one hand, the whole notion is hilarious – the page proudly proclaims “Judgement Day, May 21 2011“, followed by a beautiful piece of advertising copy “the Bible guarantees it!“, as if we needed to be sold on the idea.
I’ve had spirited exchanges before on this blog (see the whole Kim Tinkham thing early on) on how charismatic individuals can influence others to do stupid things. I contend that we are far from perfect, and are prone to due stupid things, some of us more than others, and that people who prey on this weakness should be held to account. My critics will argue that ‘we are all adults and have choices’. Well, this is another perfect example of how certain individuals can influence others; others who are ready and willing to be influenced. I am in no doubt that people like Harold Camping should be held to account.
I suspect that if I were to perpetuate a similar hoax, I’d be in trouble with the law for the mayhem that would ensue. But, once again, religion is being used as a shield – providing the perfect cover to do stupid and irrational things without being answerable to anyone.
So, we are still here. Life goes on.
A word of advice to disappointed rapturites – stop worrying about the next life and the after-life, and start making the most of this one. You can spend years of precious life counting down to oblivion, handing over your money to every charlatan that comes along, and one-way chats with improbable beings, or, you can live each day as it comes, spend any surplus resources you have on people who need help, and chat instead with friends, family and even foes.