That, at least, is what Harold Camping would have us all believe. Our time is up. It’s all over. The world as we know it begins its descent into hell at 6:00 PM tomorrow (May 21, 2011). And that means 6:00 PM everywhere. Starting in New Zealand, there will be rolling, massive earthquakes that will likely turn waterfalls like this into lava flows. (Sorry for the hokey coloration; doesn’t look much like lava, does it.)
The 89 year-old radio evangelist, leader of an organization called “Family Radio”, says he’s absolutely sure this time. He says that because he admits to having screwed up the last time, in 1994. Messed up his arithmetic or something. But this time he got it right. Tomorrow, he says, will mark the exact 7,000 year anniversary of the Great Flood. I’m not sure if it’s the anniversary of when it started or when it ended, but what the heck. Close enough. Given that there weren’t any calendars way back then or that there isn’t even any hard evidence that such an event occurred, I guess we have to give the guy a break. He obviously has “sources” that the rest of us aren’t privy to.
If it is true, then I suggest that if you’ve been holding onto any world class photographs, waiting for the “right” time to post them, do it now. Today. Don’t wait another second. If you hesitate, no one will ever see them. You’ll lose your chance to show the world how great a photographer you really are.
Come to think of it, you can do anything you want to do. There will be no consequences. If you’ve been in a job you hate with a boss you can’t stand, give him (or her) a couple of whacks and storm out of the place screaming obscenities at them as you leave. Or go max out your credit cards. Buy that $30,000 Medium Format digital camera you’ve been drooling over. Just make sure that you use it today. Tomorrow will be too late. Well, after 6:00 PM anyway.
Seriously, what makes all of this kind of sad is that there are people who truly do believe this insanity. They’ve left their jobs, their homes, their families, and even their pets behind. They’ve gone to be with others who are among the “chosen” few who will be saved. While the rest of us are left to endure unimaginable horrors, they will be whisked off to a far better place.
Well, what happens to these folks when 6:00 PM comes and goes tomorrow? What if they actually have burned their bridges behind them? What if, emotionally, they can’t go back? Who’s going to pick up the pieces? How many lives will be ruined or destroyed?
Meanwhile, by the way, Harold Camping is still taking (and soliciting) donations. What the frick does he need money for if the world is ending?
And I thought that Trump, Palin, and Bachmann were dangerous.