So, as I glanced at Google's Trends page, I noticed that recent popular searches are about yet another doomsday prediction. This time, we're all going to die....this month!?
Reverend Harold Camping of Family Radio has stated that he believes the Earth will end on May 21st. Ten days from now. If your sides aren't already splitting from how hard you should be laughing, then take a look at this:
In particular, note this bit: "Some of them have even burned through all of their savings, so convinced are they that the world is going to end..."
This is both incredibly sad and hilarious.
Now, of course if you have the tiniest shred of common sense, you know this is ridiculous. Hopefully, you'll also realize (especially after that 'spending their life savings' bit) that it's incredibly harmful to those who will buy into it.
I have little sympathy for the stupidity that leads people into believing this garbage but I have even less sympathy, or patience for that matter, for the people who perpetuate it.
Oh, and would you like to know Camping's credentials? He studied the Bible for 50 years. That's all I've found.
Look, whether or not you're a Christian, insisting that you must be correct because you studied a book with proven inaccuracies for 5 decades is beyond stupid. But when you have the ability to influence people's decisions on a large scale, as a reverend does, and you then do just that with your stupidity as the motivation...you have officially crossed the line into utter scum.
Seriously, assuming Camping even lives for another 10 days (looking at the guy, it's hard to say), how's he going to feel when some of his followers effectively ruined their own lives because of him?
Included below is an Amazon ad for Season 1 of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! I chose this season because it includes the episode on 'The End of the World' which is extremely appropriate for the subject at hand.