‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine’

 

The rolling date of the end of the world used to be a feature of religious leaders. They would attract followers and wait in some field on the appointed date, and like someone whose flight has been canceled would have to wait for another flight on another day. The secularist is not immune to the end of the world prophecies. Ms. Cortez has given us 12 years to clean up the planet, and she has found her share of acolytes who will find themselves disappointed and will have to reset the date like those prophets of the past.

I can remember the Rapture craze, or fad if you like. The strange thing is I could never find the true believer that would place my name on the deed to their home, or business that they would no longer need as they were whisked away to heaven leaving the rest of us behind to suffer on this terrible planet.

I suspect that the fear of death, which comes for everyone at some point, drives the end of the world belief. That, and they cannot imagine the world going on without them so we must all go at the same time. The grief exhibited at Hillary Clinton’s loss in the Presidential election, compounded by President Obama having to leave after eight years in the White House was like they had lost mommy and daddy in some terrible accident. They had become orphans.

The search for mommy or daddy among Democrats has produced a crowded field of candidates, somewhat like the Kentucky Derby. The betting windows are busy. There is another story about a horse, a talking horse that a salesman bought from a farmer. When the farmer agreed to sell him and the money changed hands, the salesman started taunting the farmer. The salesman bragged about the price he paid for a horse that could talk, and how he was going to make a fortune with a talking horse. The farmer simply replied, “Did he tell you that old lie about winning the Kentucky Derby?”

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There are 16 comments.

  1. Misthiocracy secretly Member

    Thanks to entropy, it’s always the end of the world as we know it.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 7:39 AM PDT
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  2. Eridemus Coolidge

    You SURELY would believe at least it’s the end of Donald Trump if you watched “Frontline” last night. So there is another version: We don’t WANT to go on unless he is history…then things will be OKAY again! (No matter who the Democrat replacement is or even if the world might still exist with Trump for now).

    And since we can’t blot out his time in history, we have to work on tarnishing it so something like HIM will never happen again, and we will all be SAFE.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 7:45 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Saw a political cartoon recently that had multiple panels with all of the predictions of the left since 1968, including: starvation by the 1980’s, new ice age, global warming, and now global cooling caused by global warming.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  4. Kozak Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saw a political cartoon recently that had multiple panels with all of the predictions of the left since 1968, including: starvation by the 1980’s, new ice age, global warming, and now global cooling caused by global warming.

    Just to put the CO2 hysteria in perspective.

     

    The CO2 levels in the Cambrian period were as high as 7000 ppm, compared to the 415 ppm “record” they are hyping as catastrophic.

    Amazing life and the Earth survived….

    If we didn’t get run away heating from green house gases almost 17 times current levels what evidence is there it will happen now.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 9:25 AM PDT
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  5. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

     

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    • May 15, 2019, at 9:36 AM PDT
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  6. James Gawron Thatcher

    Doug,

    As the new Durham investigation gets underway and AOC has now said it’s all a joke, the Democrats may want to switch from the R.E.M. hit “It’s the End of the World as we Know it” to “Bad Day (please don’t take our pictures)”.

    Regards,

    Jim

     

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    • May 15, 2019, at 9:46 AM PDT
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  7. Ralphie Member

    I believe that worrying about the end by trying to avoid it is futile. As a Christian, when God decides it’s time, he’ll decide how also. We are supposed to be prepared for the end, to be a sheep, not a goat, not prepare to end the end.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 10:04 AM PDT
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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Clever post, Doug!! I could also say that effectively the world dies and is reborn every moment, a Buddhist belief. And I’m too busy trying to enjoy each moment to worry about it!

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    • May 15, 2019, at 10:05 AM PDT
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  9. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher

    The world was spinning long before I got here. It will go on spinning after I am gone. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  10. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    The world was spinning long before I got here. It will go on spinning after I am gone.

    Actually, it’s core will sieze up shortly after your demise because of your carbon footprint. Thanks, Bryan. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  11. TeamAmerica Member

    Hey, how can all of you be so out of touch? We needn’t worry about AOC’s prediction as it already happened three years ago. Remember VP Al Gore’s 2006 warning that without immediate drastic action the world would end in ten years. So some of you have failed to notice that we’ve all been ghosts for three years.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 4:50 PM PDT
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  12. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    TeamAmerica (View Comment):

    Hey, how can all of you be so out of touch? We needn’t worry about AOC’s prediction as it already happened three years ago. Remember VP Al Gore’s 2006 warning that without immediate drastic action the world would end in ten years. So some of you have failed to notice that we’ve all been ghosts for three years.

    Ghost privilege. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM PDT
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  13. drlorentz Member

    TBA (View Comment):

     

    Not quite the conflagration we’d been banking on. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 7:12 PM PDT
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  14. EtCarter Listener

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saw a political cartoon recently that had multiple panels with all of the predictions of the left since 1968, including: starvation by the 1980’s, new ice age, global warming, and now global cooling caused by global warming.

    Thank you.

    Indeed, peer-reviewed, consensus science were just as convinced of the “settled science ” about the climate-issues you mentioned as are the spontaneous-generation believing neo-darwinists, phrenologist, horse-leeching blood-letter-outers of the era the late, great, Tom Wolfe brilliantly presented in his last book: The Kingdom of Speech.  (I highly recommend it on Audible.

    The various ways people profit from backing quack-science are amazing, however, for the people who desire some power to come with that profit it requires conning at a national level via mainstream media in order to impart existential meaning and purpose to swathes young people educated by Wikipedia to grow paid activist groups with the emotive energy of an atomic bomb. 

    I liked the analogy you made of climate-alarmist being the bizzaro-world secular version of religious cults picking dates the world will end. 

     

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    • May 15, 2019, at 8:20 PM PDT
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  15. Henry Castaigne Member

    Since before Christ, perhaps since the very beginning of man, people have believed that the world was ending. At the beginning of our fine republic, there are tons of speeches about how everyone had lost their morality and their love of country. This kind of rhetoric has a long history. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  16. Arahant Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    At the beginning of our fine republic, there are tons of speeches about how everyone had lost their morality and their love of country. This kind of rhetoric has a long history.

    And it’s always been true.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 8:38 PM PDT
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