Last weekend, almost everyone was buzzing about the impending rapture and the months of hell-on-earth that were predicted to follow for those who weren’t fortunate enough to get sucked into the sky. Apparently the guy who made the prediction had done the same thing in 1994, so most people didn’t take him seriously this time around either. You couldn’t really say that no one gave it a second thought though, because it was about all that was being discussed on Facebook, Twitter, and major media outlets.
Most of the status updates I read were from a comical standpoint. Some wrote about how they didn’t want to stick around to clean up the bodies afterwards, others popped in to announce they were still here, or to post Bible verses about how even Christ said he didn’t know the time of the end of the world.
Whether we deal with these kinds of doomsday predictions through humor or complete disregard, I think they often strike a chord deep within our brains – our eternal will to live. By the time we reach the age when we understand the concept of death, we realize that we are going to die one day. It’s completely unavoidable. It is amazing how we can condition ourselves to push the thought of our inevitable demise to the back of our minds. Otherwise, I wonder if we would even be able to function on a normal basis.
Regardless of how harebrained the doomsday predictions of last weekend (or even 2012) might seem to the majority of the population, perhaps they serve a deeper purpose; one that reminds us that we aren’t immortal or indestructible.
We will die someday. We should live our lives as if any moment might be our last. The end of life as we know it probably won’t occur on October 21, 2011, or December 21, 2012, but it could happen tomorrow.
Enjoy it while you can.