~ Seneca Quotes from Letters from a Stoic
Yesterday, everybody talked about and feared the end of the world. I even allowed myself to play into this insanity a bit. But today I am blogging, and the world moves on without a skipped beat. WHY ARE WE SO ADDICTED TO DEATH AND DOOMSDAY THEORIES. I mean the Y2K bug was supposed to render us blog-less and send us back to the Paleo Age, but it didn’t! Now Family Radio president Harold Camping’s May 21, 2011 Doomsday Campaign has gone and NOTHING! So now we are looking forward to the end the Maya’s predicted?
It’s funny because all this Mayan talk comes from a bunch of people who STILL HAVEN’T been able to decipher Mayan Hieroglyphics enough to understand anything the Mayans were on to. So where did that theory come from? Can we blame the Crusaders who traveled the world burning books and destroying cultures for the preservation of the Bible…
The same bible and people who predicted yesterday end of days…
According to Camping, the prediction of the date was calculated using references in the Bible, particularly Genesis Genesis 7:4 (“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth”) and 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”). Camping bases his math on a several assumptions. He believes Christ was crucified on April 1, 33 A.D., exactly 722,500 days before May 21, 2011. That number, 722,500, is the square of 5 x 10 x 17. In Camping’s numerological system, 5 represents atonement, 10 represents completeness, and seventeen represents heaven. On his radio talk show, Family Radio, Camping states, “Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story. It’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.
the same people who say no man knows when it will happen…
Matthew 24:36-44 (New International Version)
The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Why are we fascinated with death and doom? Lorenzo DiTommaso, a professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal, says some people have an “apocalyptic world view.”
“The first is that there is something dreadfully wrong with the world of human existence today,” he says. “On the other hand, there is a sense that there is a higher good or some purpose for existence, a hope for a better future.”
Viewing the world as a flawed place headed toward some sort of cosmic correction reconciles these two beliefs.
And since believers are certain that their sacred text can never be wrong, failed doomsday predictions only convince them that their own interpretations were flawed, opening the door to new predictions. And the cycle continues – failed prediction after failed prediction.
Will the world ever end?
Well, scientifically, there will be a day when the Sun gets too hot for life on Earth but that is hundreds millions of years away and trust me, humanity will know then! Until then I am living everyday like tomorrow is my personal doomsday, and having a wonderful time in this vacation called life!
Every day, therefore, should be regulated as if it were the one that brings up the rear, the one that rounds out and completes our lives.
~ Seneca Quotes from Letters from a Stoic
A Superhumans understanding is that death is inevitable… As Seneca says, It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.
For those of you who like Doomsday Theories and the sort, here are some interesting articles I dug up during research;
Discover Magazine’s 20 Ways The World Can End
British cosmologist Brandon Carter Doomsday Argument