Armageddon! Apparently the end is nigh. In only 3 days it will be the end of the world. Again.
When you’ve been around for about half a century you grow pretty blasé about claims of worlds ending and all that jazz. Back in the 1960s & 1970s rumours were mostly around nuclear war. Most of us did in fact – as the famous Queen song would have it – grow up in the shadow of the mushroom cloud, so it was (and still is) a reasonable fear. The scare I remember most clearly and the one that freaked me out the most was the ‘network of bunkers under the whole planet that were filled with nuclear bombs that would all go off simultaneously’. This was obviously a slant on the Mutual Assured Destruction that was apparently ‘keeping the peace’ back then. I found it terrifying and lost many nights of sleep over it.
As the 1970s progressed we seemed to move away from the nuclear holocaust and the theories were more religion based. In 1975 the Jehovah’s Witnesses, announced that the end of the world was ‘nigh’. Despite screwing up the timing that time they do pop back regularly to announce that this time they really have got it right. Although it has to be said that their predictions in 1994 and 1997 were also fails of epic proportion. Cults of various colours were often predicting Armageddon, often this resulted in tragedy as in 1978 when Jim Jones had his cult ‘drink the Kool-Aid‘.
Of course there have been throughout the 20th and 21st centuries an almost regular stream of Great Tribulations, Second Comings and Raptures all of kinds which are said to be a precursor to the End of Days.
1999-2000 should have been the moment we hit Peak Apocalypse. There was an increase in hysteria around this time – old predictions of Nostradamus were wheeled out of the archives, the possibility of a collision with Planet X mooted but didn’t come about, worldwide economic depressions, the millennium bug which was going to cause massive computer failures, planes would fall from the sky, mountains would fly into space…well possibly not the mountains…but badness would happen and of course the Millennium itself. Year 2K was ‘the end of days’.
We survived. Phew. But of course as we sailed into the new millennium the doom merchants were still there with their Second Comings and Great Tribulations. I’ve actually been through a fair few Raptures now. I know when I’m not wanted.
I thought we were all goners when the Hadron Colllider was switched on circa 2008 as this was going to destroy the world by sucking us all into a Black Hole. Fortunately this was amended after nothing happened when it was switched on. Now as long as we never switch it off we should feel safe in the knowledge that the black hole will remain closed forever. Let’s hope they never have a power cut.
And who could forget the Mayans? Sod all the massive crust displacement that was being predicted – the Mayan calendar was going to run out on 21 December 2012 and the Mayans were wise, so it had to be true. Fortunately they realised ahead of time that
this was a huge money making opportunity this was all a huge misunderstanding and what the Mayans really meant was it was the beginning of the end for the old ways of being, a ‘paradigm shift‘, not the end of the world after all! Weren’t we all sillies?! What a relief! Time for a workshop on the New Paradigm.
Now we have 3 days until September 23, 2017 when it is said that Nibiru/Planet X will again collide with Earth. It was supposed to do this before, quite a few times actually, but it missed. Obviously this time will be different although apparently it might not actually hit us just sort of pass close by. This will cause earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes and is forecast by the eclipse. Of course we have had an eclipse, earthquakes and hurricanes. But then we have these at other times too, it actually is hurricane season and I reckon something as big as a planet would be visible to the naked eye by now. Simultaneously we are apparently due for a rare constellation alignment starting off that good old elusive Rapture.
Do we stand a chance? Rest assured that if we do survive there are plenty more comets and asteroids waiting to do the job.
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