Sorry for not being active lately, I’ve been a bit preoccupied.
Tomorrow it’s 21st December and to my surprise people are actually genuinely worried in some cases. Obviously the world will not end, but if it does then at least I won’t have to turn 25 which I do on Sunday. But come on, people, seriously. Tomorrow I will finish early at work, do some grocery shopping for Christmas and then I will probably fall asleep on the sofa because I am exhausted. Then I will wake up 22nd and carry on with my life. I sincerely hope you’ll do the same.
Also, please be aware that this isn’t the first time that people believe the world will end. It seems to be a recurring thing through our history and each time people have been worried before, it turned out it was, well, wrong. I mean, we’re still standing. I’ve put together a little list for you, with some of the most interesting ones I could find. Hopefully that will ease your minds.
I’ve only been looking on Wikipedia, since I don’t have access to a lot of printed literature on the subject, but I think it is sufficient.
Year 634 BC
Even the Romans feared the world would end, or at least the city of Rome. The reason for this was a myth saying that twelve eagles had revealed to Romulus the number 120, which was believed to represent the lifetime of Rome. In other words, 120 years after Rome’s founding, people believed it would be destroyed. I think this has been proven wrong.
The First Millenium
Various Christians during the first millenium predicted that Jesus would return on several different dates, all indicating The End. Some just thought The End would come, without mentioning Jesus. Others because of the birth of Antichrist. All of them were, as you see, wrong.
Then there were a bunch believing that the world would end when we reached millenium 1. It is said that this is the reason so many cathedrals were built after that: people were celebrating that they weren’t obliterated. A pretty good reason to celebrate, I’d say.
… there are so many people who have proclaimed the end of the world there is no way I can list them all. You have to check the list on Wikipedia, linked above. But here are a few dates from the year 2000 that the world was believed to end:
- Peter Olivi, who died 1298, believed the Last Judgement would take place year 2000.
- Helena Blavatsky also said the world would end this year.
- So did Isaac Newton, Ruth Montgomery, Edgar Cayce, Sun Myung Moon, Ed Dobson, Lester Sumrall, Jonathan Edwards and several others. They were all wrong.
- Nancy Lieder stated on her website that aliens in the Zeta Reticuli star system had informed her, via a brain implant, that a new planet would enter our solar system. This would, unfortunately, destroy most of the humanity. She was wrong.
- Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese cult, said the world would be destroyed by a nuclear war this year. They were also wrong.
- House of Wayweh says a nuclear war will take place. They were wrong.
- Pat Robertson, a dubious author, says the world will end April 29th 2007. He was, actually, also wrong.
- Some people believed the Large Hadron Collider would create black holes which would eat the planet. It didn’t happen.
- The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn said the world would end 2010. Nope, didn’t happen.
- Harold Camping said the Rapture would take place and God would take about 3% of the population to heaven, and later the same year, on October 21 to be exact, the world would end. Obviously none of it happened. I have a vague memory that he claimed the world had ‘ended in silence’ after 21st October and that none of us knew it. We were a bit too dim to notice it, apparently. I have a high IQ though so I think it’s still there.
- People also thought that the comet Elenin would cause earthquakes and tidal waves. Nooope. Nothing.
- Ronald Weinland said Jesus would return 29th October. This would, according to him, cause nuclear explosions in the US. When this failed to happen he changed the date to may 27, 2012. None of it happened.
- José Luis de Jesús said the world’s governments and economies would fail on June 30th. He and his followers would also transform and be able to fly and walk through walls. I mean, granted the economic situation is unstable but not quite as dire as all that. Also, I’d love to see him fly, preferably not ending in a splat.
- THE MAYAN APOCALYPSE is apparently happening tomorrow. Really? No. Do get a grip, if not, my house is big enough to host all of your valuables.
As you see many people have claimed the end of the world, and all have been continuously wrong.
So why do we worry so much about this? I suppose we’re simply terrified and can’t leave it alone. Also, I guess most people are aware of how many bad things humans do and sooner or later it has to catch up with us, right? That’s paranoia for you.
Anway, see you on the other side!
I’ve been ill forever but a couple of days ago I went back to work anyway (don’t try this at home). One of the symptoms I had was losing my voice, but thankfully it’s back now. That’s a good thing, since I love to listen to it! Anyway. A person I met went:
‘Oh, Nyx, you’re back now but you have no voice.’
‘Uhm no, it’s back too.’
‘Oh? Where was it before?’
I had no idea what to say to that so I just stared at her and said:
Where did she think it had been? Paris? Bahamas? Is that where lost voices go? Sometimes I wonder if people ever think before they speak. I highly doubt it, you know.
So, right, the real posts I make. I will try to publish something again soon. I’m a bit swamped with work and stuff at the moment but I’ll try to find the time. I have one going about diets, might post that for you soon!
A few weeks back my dear friend in South Africa gtalked me and said:
‘Nyx, I have gotten some examples of those witch doctor flyers for you!’
‘Yes they’re not the funniest ones I’ve seen but they’re pretty hilarious. I’ll scan them in for you!’
I had no idea what to expect- but it wasn’t what I received. At first I found it freakin’ hilarious, because it sort of is. I mean, how can anybody believe that a potion can, say, make your penis bigger? But then we started to discuss the consequences of these kinds of flyers and I have to say it wasn’t nearly as funny anymore.
Apparently in South Africa there is a kind of traditional healer, called a ‘sangoma’. This sangoma makes different kinds of medicines with supposed healing abilities, called muthi. It sort of is homeopathy gone extreme.
Why is This So Dangerous?
There are two reasons this is extremely dangerous. One reason is that the sangomas claim to be able to cure pretty much anything from tooth ache to cancer, diabetes, mental illness and AIDS. The consequence is that some people refrain from seeking medical aid, believing that the potion they receive from a sangoma can actually cure them.
The second reason is that according to the articles I’ve found, and also facts I’ve received from my friend, these sangomas use not only plants but also animal and human parts to make their concoctions. Now, the AIDS virus can survive outside the body for several weeks, which in practicality means that since these concoctions can even contain human parts, they may in fact even contain the HIV virus. So far from curing people they may in fact help spread this disease, and who knows how many others.
The effect is that people die frequently from these ‘healing’ potions, and may contract illnesses from them rather than being cured- if not killed upfront.
Then there is also the fact that people may be injured when the sangomas collect the ingredients for their muthi. Even graves have been desecrated.
What Can We Do?
Spread awareness! Come on. Talk about it, laugh about it if you must, as long as you spread the word because this is dangerous shit. And what do we do with dangerous shit? We dispel it. Forever.
… I’m pretty busy but I’m going to try to get a post about sangomas out there. That’s some freaky shit. Stay put!
I’m introducing a new category called Daily Stupid. It will contain stuff I hear during my days out and about. I had this conversation yesterday…
‘Nyx, I’ve been freezing all day so now I feel a cold coming on.’
‘Being cold does not give you a cold,’ I said without looking up.
‘Uhm… I knew that but… You know, being cold makes the virus take hold.’
What?! You have to be outside naked in minus degrees for a long time before it affects your immune system (though you may or may not freeze to death before that happens). Sometimes I wonder how humanity ever survived. Especially if we fell ill each time we got cold.