I’ve only been on the planet a few short decades but during that time I’ve run across probably 15 or 20 end of the world predictions, some more popular than others but all wrong. Some, like the Heaven’s Gate cult were destructive, others like Y2K were expensive (or lucrative if you were a cobol programmer), but all were treated with derision and scorn by the masses. Today again the masses are right and the believers wrong as has been the case since the first End of the World declaration was made and failed to come to pass. In a year our two another prediction will become popular and the cycle will start anew.
Some believers will be dispirited, others will be relieved that we dodged a bullet somehow, and that reminds me of one of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes: “There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.” For believers and non-believers alike I don’t think it hurts to allow some of that exhilaration to seep in by taking a moment to look around and appreciate Life. Of the 100 billion or so souls that have lived on this planet, we are members of the 6% alive today. For some 150,000 of us, today will in fact be the end of the world (or at least this world) and another 350,000 will be born to take their places. Our vantage points are unique and ephemeral. One of these days we are guaranteed to experience the end of the world first hand.
So the hippies were wrong today, and the Mayans, well don’t blame them: they weren’t the ones predicting the end of the world in the first place although hopefully they sold lots of t-shirts for the event. Instead of wasting time laughing at the misguided believers in prophecies, enjoy the world a little more today than you would otherwise.
And since music is an important part of my life, and this song has been stuck in my brain for weeks now, I’ll share it with you as I wish you and yours a Happy End of the World! Oh, and Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year! Sorry Kwanzaa but you’re a racist holiday created by a misguided Marxist so no soup for you.