What’s the fascination with the end of the world? It has been Armageddeon Week on The History Channel where I’ve been bombarded with apocalyptic gloom and doom. The line up includes:
- Nostradamus: 2012
- The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
- Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond
- Seven Signs of the Apocalypse
- The Universe: The End of the Earth
- Decoding the Past – Doomsday 2012: The End of Days
- First Apocalypse
- Last Days on Earth
- Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy
- Next Nostradamus
That’s got to be a rather depressing way to begin the new year. And when the world does come to an end, I really don’t want to know when and how. Let it be a surprise. If I know the world will end on 21 December 2012 then Christmas shopping will be the furthest thing from my mind, won’t it? And if, perchance, the Mayans and Nostradamus are wrong, then I’m going to feel a bit foolish on Christmas Day when I don’t have gifts for anyone.
That’s especially true if we’re going to get squashed by an asteroid or something or something else beyond our control. If the world is going to end, let it be quick so we can just get it over with.
Chances are, however, we will bring about our own destruction through our own cleverness and our insatiable appetite for self-destruction. We’ll probably cause our own extinction by means of a nuclear holocaust, a pandemic resulting from bioengineering gone awry, or catastrophic climate change brought on by our own avarice and irresponsibility (or our collective refusal to take responsibilty). God won’t have to do a thing to bring about the Apocalypse, we’ll do it all ourselves.