The Mother Ship Awaits

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Richard Bach-novelist

For some, the countdown to the end of the earth is underway. The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, and many believe that the Mayans knew something we do not, but an old calendar is not the only doom to be found.

The U. K. Telegraph printed a recent article about a French mountain village being inundated with human visitors. They are coming to await the outpouring of the interstellar aliens who will be leaving before Armageddon. The aliens have been hiding in their spaceship hidden in a cavity beneath the mountain. Just why they have been hiding and waiting is open to speculation.

History is rife with predictions of the end of the world. Everything from Nostradamus (July 1, 1999, he was wrong), to Y2K (it was wrong too), to Astronomers’ predictions of doom on the Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Earth alignment on May 5, 2000 (oops, wrong again).

There have been several cults in the past, which felt strongly enough about astrological signs, numerology, psychic revelations, alien encounters and ancient calendars that they went the extra mile to meet their demise, or their salvation, on their terms. In researching for this blog, I found literally hundreds of doomsday predictions. Most of them are benign, but some caused a lot of misery.

In many of them, a charismatic cult founder was considered a god, but the god usually had feet of clay. Sexual favors or drugs prompted most of the attraction to the cult: Charles Manson comes to mind. In many cases however, when the god came under the scrutiny of the law, the best answer was suicide—for everyone. This was the case on November 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, and on February, 28, 1993, at the Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas.

Some cults are just nuts without running afoul of the law. They pick a date of doom, like March of 1997 in the case of the Heaven’s Gate cult, and commit suicide so the spaceship they believed was following the Hale-Bopp comet would scoop up their souls and take them to a higher plane. Perhaps they achieved their goal. Those who stayed behind will forever wonder.

As I said, most are benign. The only harm in climbing a mountain to meet the rapture is in having to climb back down the next day. Sometimes a failed doom date it is enough to destroy the cult, sometimes they simply recalculate and set a future date for the world to end. One thing that is sure, setting a hard date, occurring in one’s lifetime, for Earth’s doom, has so far shown the imperfect logic of man. At least Nostradamus had the good sense to set the date a few centuries after his death.

Perhaps I will update this blog in the future . . . if the world does not end before I get around to it.

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. the world isn’t going to end..

    • Not anytime soon. We will have to see how that Mayan calendar thing shakes out.

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