2012 Doomsday soothsayers are all insane
Last podcast, Ryan and I talked about the hilarious idea that the Earth will come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. This day, made famous by the fact that the Mayan calendar essentially resets, is the latest date doomsday enthusiasts have claimed will mark the end of days. The majority of these soothsayers actually have no idea why the calendar ends, and incorrectly assume Mayans somehow “decided” not to have a calendar that would count higher than that date. In reality, the truth is far more banal. You can read all about it here, or listen to the podcast if you are really curious (you should be listening anyways!)
There will always be a contingent of the population that secretly wishes for death and destruction to rain down and usher the final curtain call for mankind. We generally tend to have a fascination with our own mortality, and for some this manifests itself as a kind of “End of Days” worship. It gives these crackpots something to be excited about I suppose. The majority of them believe they will be spared (usually because they are either very religiously devout, or have made some kind of preparations) and their lives will forever be changed. Usually these poor desperate people just want out of the terrible drudgery of their own lives, and an Apocalyptic future seems preferable to a slow and uneventful death.
If you want to read a hilarious/scary site, check out 2012warning.com, which boasts a prophet by the name of Gianna Sullivan who regularly receives messages from the Virgin Mary (is she Jesus’ secretary now or something?).
Since beginning in July, 1988, Gianna has received the weekly public MESSAGES to the world from Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary; and these MESSAGES have been recorded in all 6 volumes of I am your Jesus of Mercy through January 21, 1999. These public messages were received during apparitions of Our Lady to Gianna at the weekly public Marian prayer group, first at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and then from November, 1993, through September 7, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It was during this time that Our Lady referred to herself as “Our Lady of Emmitsburg” and entitled the Emmitsburg area as the “Center of my Immaculate Heart.”
I guess when you are being spoken to by a virgin who never died (see this article if you don’t know what I’m talking about), you’re allowed to give yourself crazy titles. Here is her prediction of what will happen in 3 years:
After awhile, you will see a time when there is another body in orbit around your solar system, coming between Earth and the Sun and leading to tremendous devastation. Approximately 60-70% of the world’s population, as you know it, will cease. Of those who survive, 60% of them could die of disease and starvation.
Oh noes, I better start buying preserves so I don’t starve to death!
(thanks to superfan Katie for the link)