So the Mayan ‘prophecy’ proved to be a bust. Interestingly, very few of the seven million ethnic Mayans took it seriously. But five Michigan school districts closed 33 schools on Wednesday, two days early, not because they wanted students to prepare properly for the end of the world but because of rumors of violence triggered by the Mayan doomsday.
However, the recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute had an interesting tidbit about Americans. “Only 2% of Americans believe that the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, will happen by the end of this year”, suggesting that most people are taking it healthily as a joke.
But just when you think that religious Americans are climbing out of the well of crazy that they live in, the survey also says that “More than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times” and that “15% of Americans believe that the end of the world, as predicted by the Book of Revelation, will occur in their lifetime.” So it looks like we are destined to lurch from one doomsday scenario to the next for the indefinite future. If you want to keep track of the ones to come, here is a list. I’m betting my money on the year 2017 when a group known as the Sword of God Brotherhood says that the prophet Gabriel had foretold that all will be destroyed except the members of that group. This is just the kind of story that will capture the imagination of the end-of-timers.
Via Tbogg, here’s a clip from Annie Hall to pass the time until the world blows up.