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If you are reading this, then the world did not come to an end.  It makes you wonder what all those idiots who were hording and stocking up on supplies for the end of the world are going to do, now?  It also makes you wonder about the contradiction in terms about hording for the end of the world!

The photo is of the Dumbbell Nebula!

“...With Dec. 21, 2012, quickly approaching, people around the world are grappling with doomsday phobia and fears of an impending apocalypse.

Friday, Dec. 21 marks the end of the Mayan long-count calendar. On this day, doomsayers believe the world will end. Some fear a wayward planet called “Nibiru,” supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, will collide with the Earth. Others point to a 2012 doomsday in Biblical prophecy, a cataclysm complete with fiery explosions, earthquakes and floods.

Despite the fact that NASA has debunked such apocalyptic theories, many are still worried about the end of the days approaching.

One in 10 people questioned in a worldwide survey said they think the world will end in 2012, according to Yahoo! News’ “Who Knew?”

In China, doomsday seeds were planted when the 3-D version of the 2009 Hollywood disaster film “2012″ hit theaters just last month, according to Asia Times.

Stories of doomsday phobia sprouted around the country. A senior engineer and wife of a university professor in Nanjing reportedly cashed in her savings to donate to poor children to make them happy “for the last few days,” Asia Times reported. A carpenter in Chongqing supposedly spent his earnings wining and dining, even though his wife had just given birth. In Xinjiang, a man allegedly spent his family’s savings to build an ark in hopes of survival.

Going to the extreme is not unheard of. In May 2011, when Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted the rapture, some devout followers sold all their possessions to help spread the doomsday message. In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult committed mass suicide in Southern California believing they were called to follow the comet Hale-Bopp, according to Time magazine….”

What makes people fall for this sort of sh*t?

“…December 21 marks the end of an era in the Mayan calendar and if, as some people warn, it coincides with doomsday, then at least one Hong Kong man will have no regrets. The 40-year-old man, who once worked in information technology and used to be caring to his family and prudent with his spending, sold his flat and possessions six months ago and spent all the money in having a whale of a time, his psychologist said.

“He quit his job, sold his flat and traveled everywhere, eating at high-end restaurants and living in hotel rooms in anticipation of December 21,” Ng Siu-sun said.

The man used up all the credit in his bank cards and even borrowed money. Unable to change the man’s mind, his deeply worried family sought Ng’s help. “If doomsday doesn’t arrive, his accumulated debts will definitely become a nightmare,” Ng said. He added he has up to eight patients in similar situations because of anxiety over the prediction.

“Their behavior is the result of pressure,” Ng said. “Stop blaming them. They need more understanding and support from family members.” Ng said there is always the danger that depressed people may decide to end their lives before next Friday…”

Religious Dispatches

Like P. T. Barnum said, there’s one born every minute!

If I’m wrong, you won’t be reading this post.  So, it was nice knowin’ ya!

 

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  • jose maria says:

    I remember the first time I heard that the world was going to come to an end. It was back in 1946. Some evangelist predicted that the world would end at 10:30 AM one summer morning. I was taking them seriously. I got a blanket, got my dog and sat down on the living room rug waiting for the world to end. The parents of my brother-in-law were visiting us that week. His mother said, “Honey, believe me nothing is going to happen. I have heard predictions like that for years.” She was right. The dog and I continued our lives as usual. I never let predictions like that worry me again and I assure you I have heard many of them. Nor do I hoard anything. I do buy a few canned goods if a hurricane is brewing but that is all. Jesus gives us a good lesson about hoarding. The man who stored away enough grain to last for years. He thought he was well fixed, but Jesus said, “You fool this very night your life will be taken from you.” The things we mortals think are important are never important at all.


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