Have you heard? The world is ending tomorrow. Christopher Holt has a few last words.
So with all this chatter about our collective demise tomorrow around 6pm Pacific time I was thinking about a few things and thought I should write them down because…well… you never know.
Point 1: Actually, I do know. It’s not going to happen. We’re a suicidal species and we’ll do ourselves in far sooner than being murdered by any supernatural beings. No God will come down and start murdering us — we’re far to good at that ourselves. We’re much more likely to blow ourselves up, destroy the climate and starve, or unleash some killer genetically engineered bug, or all the above via some chain reaction from a McDonalds.
Point 2: All the deeply thoughtful and intelligent people that perpetuate this end-of-the-world fiddle faddle will wake up disappointed Sunday. After throwing up they will (like politicians) say:
• they got the date wrong because they miscalculated the numbers (sorry about that)
• it did happen and only they can see it because it’s extrasensory and we’re all just living temporarily now
• they will point to some minor flood, solar flare, or crack in their cosmic sidewalk and say that’s what they predicted
• they will hunker in their bunker and not talk to the media. They won’t come out until they think the coast is clear.
Point 3: Why do we give this stuff any airplay at all when there are significant issues that actually need to be dealt with right now? Issues of great concern like:
• who will win American Idol ( I predict Scotty),
• Wall Street profligacy combined with bovine flatulence
• how many more times we can kill Osama Bin Laden in the media
• what will happen to Donald Trump’s hair now that he isn’t running
• how Newt Gingrich will dig his way out of telling the truth.
Point 4: And where’s the Pope on this thing? He’s supposed to be The Man, and as The Man he’s got God’s number. Maybe he’s on hold while God’s chatting with the Archbishop of Canterbury or MSNBC‘s Martin Brashear who seems to get these types of interviews.
Point 5. At the end of the day, this could actually be an opportunity. In some respects wouldn’t it be nice if the world the way it is actually did end and we could do it better next time?
Maybe we could all wake up Sunday morning with the idea that all people the world over should have excellent access to health care, brilliant education, safe and secure housing, jobs that protect and enhance the environment, and a future aimed at working for the best world we can imagine. We could work together to make the world a better place for us all without having to make it all for ourselves first — a world that no one would want to end or even dare predict its destruction; a world where every person can be free of war and poverty, be free of fear and know that we are all working together to make this planet a sanctuary for life within the vast ocean of (so far) lifeless outer space. What a thrilling world it could be if we cooperated as a species to ensure that every living person had at least the basic needs of life fulfilled so that we could advance our collective intelligence , so that status has less to do with what you own or control and more to do with what you do with your heart.
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