Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The End of the World…again


If I have to live through one more apocalypse that feels oddly like an average day I swear I’ll die of boredom. Just kidding. I don’t go in for the doomsday crowd myself.

Actually, people should simply take Nostradamus at his word. When he speaks of ‘a purple prince in darkness’ he’s not making a metaphor about the destructor, he’s actually just warning us to beware of the artist formerly known as Prince. Come on, if you looked into a crystal ball five hundred years ago and saw a Purple Rain video, wouldn’t you think it was the end of the world too?  

But before you party like it’s 1999, or listen to televangelists like Harold Camping for that matter, I suggest people remember that, like a good thriller book, the lure of the end of the world only works if it’s very near. A doomsday like the sun burning out (which will actually happen) in 5 billion years doesn’t make for a very good story. So between the Mayans and the Egyptians, has anyone else heard some amusing cataclysms that are supposed to befall us soon? Sarcastic comments welcome.