Tim LaHaye, author of the best-selling Left Behind series of novels, died yesterday at the age of 90. For those of you unfamiliar with his oeuvre, it deals with the Rapture.
If you want to know what the Rapture will be like, you could read the Book of Revelation in the Bible but that is pretty dreary and confusing stuff. Trust me on that. LaHaye livens it up and goes into graphic detail about what will happen and it is pretty wild. I wrote about the Rapture some years ago here, here, and here.
I personally cannot wait for the Rapture to arrive and regularly check the website Rapture Ready and its Rapture Index to see if it is pointing to an imminent date. The index reached an all-time high of 188 two days ago, so it means it could happen any minute, though there have been many false alarms in the past..
Why am I waiting for it? Because when the Rapture happens, all the true believers will be suddenly whisked away to heaven in an instant, leaving behind just piles of their clothing because presumably everyone in heaven is naked. I can’t think of anything better than to have all those pesky people disappear and leave the world to the rest of us. And if the Ayn Rand worshipping oligarchs also decide to leave us and ‘go Galt’ and move to an isolated part of the world because we do not fully appreciate them, my joy would be complete.
If readers are confused about the title of this post, it refers to the practice known as Rogeting, where people plagiarize other people’s work but in order to avoid being caught by software that searches through text databases, the plagiarist looks up a thesaurus and replaces words here and there with synonyms. If you do this thoughtlessly, you can end us with strange locutions like sinister (for left) and buttocks (for behind).