In 1987, Men Without Hats best known for their song “Safety Dance” reemerged briefly with a song called “Pop Goes the World” complete with a bizarre looking music video.
What the hell does a forgotten song from the 1980’s have to do with a political blog? Nothing, except it led me to think about the many times people have predicted the end of the world. Some people have claimed a special audience with God that enabled them to know when Jesus was going to rise again, while others have indicated that are increasing use and reliance on technology will do us in. Right now the world is going to end in 2012 because the Mayan calendar stops there, and they vanished without a trace. Please allow me with some humor to reconstruct some of these for you guys.
Let me first offer you disclaimer: If anyone tells you a date for the end of the world, there’s a 99.9% chance that the world will still be spinning after that date.
The 2012 Mayan Thing- It’s the subject of Hollywood movies, books, and was featured on a episode of Wife Swap. The theory is that the Mayan calendar, which is related to our own calendar stopped in 2012 and the Mayan civilization disappeared, therefore, our world will end. There’s one big problem with this theory, those who believe in this theory are placing a Mayan conception of their own world onto our modern world. Perhaps the Mayan world did end in 2012, but maybe it was their 2012. We can’t place a Mayan conception of time upon our own and accept it as accurate.
Harold Camping- May 21st was supposed to be the end of times for the followers of Harold Camping an 89 year old California pastor, who already miscalculated the date once before his latest miscalculation that has now pushed the end of the world into October. God has never been one for tardiness, why would we expect his son to be late. It’s Jesus here people, why would he send down inexact calculations, unless he’s just trying to keep us honest here?
Y2K - How many of my blog readers still have a kings ransom in Spam tucked away in crawlspaces and spare rooms after the Y2K debacle leading into the new millennium? All our computers were going to crash, banks, everything was going to reset itself back to 1900 and we where all going to need lots of food and water to fend off starvation. I was on a vacation in Alabama watching news footage of people lined up with cart after cart of food in the checkouts of the Winn-Dixie. While others filled their bathtubs with water and bucketed it into storage containers. Of course, the Y2K scare flopped, begging the question : what happened to all those Y2K stashes?