Yesterday's Light

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Time’s Up

Unnamed waterfall, Robert Treman SP

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.


11 Responses to “Time’s Up”

    • Paul Maxim

      I’m with you, Don. Trying to keep my distance from all the crazies out there…..

  1. Markus

    Couldn’t you have me informed earlier, Paul? Just today I turned down a wonderful invitation – now I will mourn over that lost occasion until tomorrow 6:00 pm.

    • Paul Maxim

      Hey Markus, looks like you can make that “invitation” after all. We’re all still here!

      • Markus Spring

        Paul, you know, that ‘no strings attached’ thing never works. But on the evening before getting trans-something – that would have made the difference! (But looking at it from the now-position: it was a wise decision!)

  2. Ken Bello

    Holy crap, this doesn’t give me very much time to spend my life savings or party like it’s 1999. Actually, the true believers (those that gave Camping money) have little to worry about because they will be assumed into heaven and the rest of humanity will suffer the terrible consequences of End of Days. As for myself, I might catch an early bird at Five Guys and then watch some “Dr. Who”.

    • Paul Maxim

      Five Guys? That’s my grandson’s favorite food. Don’t know about you, but personally I’m still waiting for Camping’s “explanation”. Must have miscalculated somewhere, right?

  3. Cedric

    Well it’s after 6pm here in Australia and I’m still here so I must be one of the heathens. Saw some clothes in a park which I thought had been left behind from a rapture but it turns out that it was just from a dead Jedi Master. In any case Jesus’ status still shows him checked in at Heaven so maybe Camping got it wrong. Again.

    I really am going to hell aren’t I?

    • Paul Maxim

      Yeah, and I’ll be waiting for you when you get there. No place in heaven for those of us silly enough to question the universe.

  4. christopher maxim

    And to think I missed a night at the MGM to take haven in Mt Charleston….just kidding went to MGM. I just want to know one thing….who tells these people they are blessed and how do they know it?

    • Paul Maxim

      Always a good question, Chris. Unless you’re a saint on the one hand or a mass murderer on the other, how can you possibly know if you’re one of the fortunate few? Your own judgment is obviously biased, but who else is there? It’s not like there’s some kind of scoreboard somewhere that anyone can see (like in a golf tournament).


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