The End is Near!

Everyone run for the hills! Or the nearest spaceport off this rock! The world is ending!

Oh. By the way, did I mention it's not happening until the year 2060? At least, it is if you believe the latest hype over documents Sir Isaac Newton wrote back in 1704. According to his "calculations" we've only got another 53 years left. Whatever shall we do! I just don't know if I can handle this..... oh... wait.... *does some math* um.... yeah. I'll be 89 years old by then.

I don't know about the rest of you but I think after putting in 89 years on this rock I'll have lived long enough to be satisfied. It only gets worse from there anyway and who wants to end up peeing themselves in some nursing home in their late 90s? Nope. I think living long enough to see the end of the world would be just fine by me.

Although, with the entire postulation being based on religious information rather than any shred of hard science, we'll just have to wait and see. I don't put a huge amount of stock into a book of the Bible that was written mainly by some guy, in a cave, high as a kite on hash. So I'm figuring Newton's prediction will come and go much like all the others and it will just add one more discredited prophecy to the pile he himself spoke out against.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jun 19, 2007 10:31 pm by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
I really don't expect to live that long myself, but either way, I do expect my kids to love that long. On the one hand, I also put no faith into that best selling work of fiction of all time, The Bible, but I would hope that in the next 50 years my children's generation would've figured out how to leave this rock for space based expansion of the species anyway. *shrug*

The Bible might be better described as "historical fiction" instead of just pure fiction. Despite being allegorical, there are plenty of tidbits in there that can be used as historical references.

Revelation on the other hand is pretty much crap. It's so generalized that eventually at some point in our past/present/future the events described have either played out, are playing out now, or will play out later. It's a lot like reading Nostradamus. Everything is described in vague cryptic references that make no sense when you try to take it literally. Especially when you come to the realization that when John wrote it he was exiled in some cave, high on hash, and tripping like there was no tomorrow.

Assuming, of course, that it really was this John character who wrote it, it sounds like he was under similar influences as Nostradamus was purported to be in his day, so it's really not surprising that his "works" require a good high (or very active imagination) to make clear sense.

And I'll grant you that the Bible might qualify as historical fantasy/fiction, I wasn't trying to categorize it that precisely. ;)

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