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The other day at work, two women came to the door to hand out pamphlets that taught about biblical interpretations of end of the world prophecies. Thankfully, they left their literature and went on their way.

I leafed through the pamphlet, which cited various current events as evidence of big things to come. War, famine, pestilence, marital abuse, natural disasters—you know, the things that have been around as long as humanity has existed to know about them. And similarly, humanity has been predicting the end since we have had the mental ability to jump to conclusions. I don’t have any hard historical facts to back up that claim, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve seen this all before, we’ve heard the tales and the predictions, and so far we’re all still here.

I’m not just talking about the extremists, either. The rapturists (whatever they are officially called) certainly take it to a new level with their calculated doomsday prophecies. But when it comes down to it, most of us have our own little doomsday prophecy of our own. If it isn’t the rapture, it might be the apocalypse, or alien invasion, or takeover by hyper-intelligent computers, or the evolution of the ultimate antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or global warming. For the less inventive crowd, it will likely involve something like nuclear holocaust. Or peak oil. Whatever the disaster, there seems to be a communal idea that something’s gotta give; that things can’t keep on progressing indefinitely at this crazed pace we’re living.

And that may be true; it may not. Who’s to say how far or fast the human race will develop before it meets its demise? Not even religion offers clues as to this. If we’re lucky, we will have advanced to a point where we can get the heck out of dodge (ie.,  the Milky Way galaxy) before our Sun becomes a red giant and engulfs pretty much everything we know of.

But even that is hearsay, and not much worth worrying about.

I guess my point in all this is: why fret? Choose your ending, if you will, and do what you need to prepare, be it praying, recycling, avoiding doctors, or digging a bunker in your backyard. But I really see no reason to let any ending consume your life. It baffles me to know some who spend their lives straining to prepare for a conclusion that may never come. And it’s saddening. I admire anyone who dedicates their life to a cause that does not involve harming others, but just remember that you have a life to live, that most of the horrible things in the world cannot be changed by your immediate actions, and that in the end, we’re all going to be swallowed up by the Sun anyway.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. 🙂

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