22 May 2011

Post-Apocalypse

So, it's May 22. Are you guys still alive?

I find it so funny and interesting at the same time that there are people who would believe that the world would end, even predicting the exact time and date. The prediction, according to one Harold Camping, was that events around the world were to happen at 6:00 PM in various time zones around the world. Well, May 21 has come and gone, and we're still here.

So, after this event, what can we say about it?

First, I really wish that this is one added evidence that religion is nonsense. This is one added proof that religion gives people too many unfulfilled prophecies, which makes one wonder whether it is still worth believing. I wonder how many people would stop believing once they see that their beacon of hope has failed, once again.

See, the thing is, I used to belong in a religion where predicting the end of the world was also a big thing. I once searched the history of this religion, and apparently, they had set various dates for it in the past: 1914, 1925, 1975, and so on. They even once told me that the end of the world will come and the generation of those born in 1914 will still be around to see it. Given that it is already 2011, if one was born in 1914, he or she will be 97 years old by now. I wonder how many people who were born that year are still alive.

Of course, things get revised, and revised, and revised, and this revision is attributed to a changing understanding of the Bible, instead of being thought as a failed prophecy.

So no, I don't think many people will cease believing even after May 21. The thing is, if they feel the need to believe, they will still believe.

I have been reading some news articles online about this event, and many people were reported as saying that they wanted it to happen, as the current world we live in is too hopeless, they feel, and they are looking forward to a better world in heaven.

Wow. Is that how you're dealing with your problems? By trying to escape reality? Just face reality and deal with the damned thing! If your current life is treating you crap, there is no use trying to think that there is a better world out there in the afterlife. You're just delusional and hallucinating. You hope that your afterlife is better, but really, you're just wasting time instead of trying to deal with your crappy present life in order to make it less crappy. See, there's no heaven or hell, just the present, we only got one shot. What's truly worth celebrating is the fact that we even got a shot at all.

So, what can I say, after all of this? I urge all people who were delusional to take a minute and think rationally, think critically, and for once, let themselves do the thinking, instead of being blindly led by a pastor to believing that the world will end on May 21.


(View from the Top, from my Ollantaytambo Series)

4 comments:

  1. Still here! Well, like Priyank mentioned to me, of course I got left out with all the fun people :-D

    Such non-sense... I feel bad for the people who actually believed in doomsday and gave away everything they had.

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  2. Zhu,

    Yup, I am still here! And yes, the fun people are still here living!

    I also feel bad for the people who actually believed in Doomsday coming. I pity that they were led to believe that such a thing would actually happen. However, in addition to that, I am mad and angry at Harold Camping, as in my opinion, he actually conned these people and tricked them into believing that the world will end. I hope someone sues him for fraud, as plenty of people have sold all of their belongings just to be saved. How silly.

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  3. Hello! Just stumbled across this blog post in doing some Web research on the Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm still here as well - guess that means I'm a heathen too?

    Anyway, I understand from this post that you were at one point a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and that experience has hurt and hardened you towards the idea of religion in general. I would invite you, though, to consider the possibility that while individual people such as Charles Taze Russell, Harold Camping, Joseph Smith, Fred Phelps, and others might be hugely and painfully wrong in their faith and teachings, that does not necessarily mean that all religions are wrong.

    You're not stupid, I can see that plainly enough. You're intelligent enough to already have deduced from what I've said that I belong to some particular religion or other, and that the next thing I invite you to do will be to consider the religion to which I personally belong. You may already even have an argument against it laid out in your head. I won't disappoint your expectations - I do want to discuss my faith with you - but I won't pester you about it either. If you'd prefer not to discuss it with me, I will take no offense.

    Either way, I'd like to offer the Roman Catholic faith for your consideration. I'd welcome the chance to discuss the matter with you civilly, intelligently, and humbly.

    I wish you peace, and I will be praying for you. Have an excellent week!

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  4. Jaquito,

    Hello, and welcome to the blog! First of all, thank you for a rational approach to religion: you don't seem to be the type of person who has dogma in one's head, thinking that you're absolutely correct, and since I don't believe the same way as you do, you think I am going to die unless you do something to save me. I like that.

    However, I should say that I would like to decline this discussion. At this point, I think I am convinced that I don't need religion (not just the flavor of religion that I used to belong to). Somehow, the idea of faith does not appeal to me. As a scientist, I find it hard to believe that 1) one book such as the Bible contains the keys to our salvation; 2) there is a supernatural God that is credited for our creation. I find the idea that religion is an invention by humans to explain things that they cannot otherwise rationally explain to be more feasible.

    See, religion I think is therapeutic. People sometimes need religion because they just want an explanation, and the regular scientific or rational explanation is not available. How did a house come about? Well, someone built it. How did the universe come about? Well, someone must have built it, so it must be God. I think religion is just a way for people to provide explanations for things that they have a hard time explaining, such as natural disasters and deaths of loved ones.

    In short, I feel uncomfortable with the concept of faith, this is something I cannot do. With that, I suppose any flavor of religion would be eliminated, including Roman Catholicism. I prefer to live and die knowing rational answers to my questions. And if I die not knowing the answers to others, I am fine with that. I won't take the lesser option of tricking myself that there is an answer when in reality, it's just a cop-out one.

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