Homepage / Society / Living on the Precipice, Pt. 1: Apocalyptic FAIL
Slipstreaming to an Executive Lunch Joys and Sorrows Hey, Lady — Need Some Relief? Floating Be The Bigger Mouse Who You Wit? Purge and Put the Kettle On Sleepy-Eyed Sister Sort of Monday When Being Called Normal becomes a Compliment, Or, Relationship Advice from the Street Tug-of-War, or, When a Story is Only Interesting to You Weather Pains How Love Works Probably Legally Insane Don’t Call Me Late When Business Communication Goes Pffft! Or, How I’ve Been Insane for Two Months and Counting Don’t Eat That! or, Life as a Pet Parent In Dreams It’s the End of … Almost Like the Real Thing Plus a Lesson in Sacred Spaces What Goes Down Must Come Up Dreams Do Come True Gains and Losses Need to Invest? I’ve Got the Perfect Thing … Very Super-suspicious, Pt. 2 – One Day’s Journey Very Super-suspicious, Pt. 1 – A Dr. Seuss Epiphany Life Is Hard Sometimes #TBT: These Days, I am Only Part Throw-Back Has Anyone Told You Lately … Life’s New Groove I Don’t Share  Purging Past and Current Pains Demolishing ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ The Hump is Hell Book Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Disaster Averted or How My Blog Imploded For a Minute Negative much? Tides of Winter: Book Three (The Felix Chronicles) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Amazon … Research about the US Presidential Election: Invite and Share! It’s a Birthday and More, 2017 And the Winner Is … On the Upcoming US Presidential Inauguration Contest time! A (Potentially Lengthy) Missive on a Problem with Today’s Christian Church Pros and Cons of Working from Home Cozy Comforts How You Doin’, 2017? Deblog 31: Change Deblog 30: My Way Deblog 29: Hip City Life Revisited Deblog 28: A Moment of Clarity Deblog 27: The Future Deblog 26: Grammar the Day After Deblog 25: Christmas Get-Down Deblog 24: Christmas Hippo! Deblog 23: The Worst Job in the World Deblog 22: Dark Spaces Deblog 21: Real-Life Parenting at Christmas Deblog 20: It Came In the Wind Deblog 19: Do Me a Solid Deblog 18: Another Un-Birthday Deblog 17: Differences Deblog 16: On Giving Deblog 15: A Good Time Deblog 14: Happy Feelin’s. No, Really. Deblog 13: About Relationships, or Why No One is a Plow Horse Deblog 12: About Practical Girls, or Why I Cried While Watching ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Deblog 11: About Girlie Girl Princesses, or Why They Can Never Be Queens Deblog 10: Leadership Deblog 9: What Is Love, Anyway? Deblog 8: Happy Deblog 7: Thing’s Internet Deblog 6: Heaven Deblog 5: Change Deblog 4: Nick Hood’s Story Deblog 3: Jeeves Deblog 2: Exile Island Deblog 1: December is Full of Blogidays Plovember 30: And There You Have It Plovember 29: Citizens United Plovember 28: Another Brilliant Idea Plovember 27: Revolt Plovember 26: Outrageous Plovember 25: Figment Plovember 24: All Over Again Plovember 23: Quantum Argument Plovember 22: Every Kind of People Plovember 21: I Look Fear in the Face and Say … Plovember 20: What ‘Unfriend’ Means Plovember 19: Irregular Woman Plovember 18: My Reality Plovember 17: When the Monsters Inside Your Head are Real Plovember 16: Wild Heartbreak Plovember 15: I Nearly Quit Plovember 14: Nerd Life Plovember 13: It Was A Day Unlike Any … Wait A Minute. Plovember 12: It’s A Matter of Faith Plovember 11: Simply Wild Plovember Extra, Day Two! The Alien Hour, Part Two! Plovember 10: Look at California


Living on the Precipice, Pt. 1: Apocalyptic FAIL

So, how’s the end of your world going?

Hollywood Rumor has it that the world is ending tomorrow, December 21, 2012. If you are reading this in a part of the world where it already is December 21, chances are somebody was wrong.

We can’t blame the folks who allegedly got this whole thing started. In case you have been under a rock with no internet for a while, that would be the Maya. Supposedly, there are some ruins in Mayan territory that suggest a really big thing going down on December 21, 2012.

Here’s where the apocalyptic FAIL comes in:

“The Maya never, ever, said anything about the world ending at any time — much less this year,”

That quote is from Maya expert, David Stuart. Check out the whole story here. But here’s the best quote of all from Mr. Stuart that suggests this whole doomsday thing is not only, to quote our US Vice President, Mr. Biden, a bunch of malarkey, but is an epic fail:

I think in our culture, too, or maybe globally — humans like to come up with excuses, sometimes, just to freak out,”… “I think the Maya have become an excuse for something a bit larger. … It’s a reflection of a lot of tension, a lot of anxiety in our society. And Lord knows, there’s a lot of real problems out there. But this isn’t one of them. You know, the Mayan calendar is certainly not something we need to worry about.”

Ah, yes, humans coming up with excuses. Just to freak out. Since the story about lemmings leaping to their deaths is fake, how about we say that humans are like guinea fowl? We like the chase: if someone says something intriguing, we chase it, true or not. While said chasing does not often end in our physical death, it may lead to a great deal of humiliation when we are found to be wrong. And by then, it’s too late to turn, point, and say, “Well, that’s what he told me.”

Once, my husband had a conversation about the origin of AIDS with this guy we knew and  I was going to share the story of a guy, when confronted with the stupidity of an immense knowledge FAIL, said “Well, that’s what I was told,” but thought wiser of it. Yep, I digress.

For those of us who live in pretty much any westernized country, like the US or Canada, and have not been exposed to hardships, we too often find it pretty easy to point and say, “Yeah, what he/she said” with no fact-checking if it sounds good to us. That stinks.

There are folks losing their lives for freedoms we take for granted and the best we can do is to forward that it-kinda-sounds-good-enough-to-be-credible email that is either 1) untrue, 2) offensive for real, 3) twisted, or 4) just plain dumb. For real?

We stand at the precipice of being real, doing real, and giving real. Are we going to waste those gifts on mediocrity? Are you?

Quit staring at the calendar and go do something meaningful tomorrow.

And if the world does end, hopefully you have made your peace with God, hugged your loved ones, cleaned the litter box, and threw out the sour milk.

Until we meet again, on this side or the next.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: