Harold Camping says the world should be over by now, a story first reported on these pages by TNB’s own Erika Rae. On Saturday, May 21, the old prune assured us, there will be fire and brimstone…real wrath-of-God-type stuff. Never mind that Camping is 89 years old and clearly suffering from dementia, as he seems to have forgotten that he already predicted the end of the world in 1994.
Anyway, as there was a good chance that Armageddon was upon us, I didn’t want to screw one of our featured contributors out of a full week in the spotlight. I figured I’d just look for stuff about the end of the world, like this humorous piece by Slade Ham, about his lackluster survival skills, or this more circumspect gem from Ronlyn Domingue.
I looked for pieces tagged “regret.” Clearly we TNBers aren’t big with that particular emotion, because the only post I found was this one by Rachel Pollon, who is bummed that she never listened to Tony Bennett while stoned (Rachel, if Camping’s wrong, there’s still time!).
I also found a bunch of interesting pieces about faith not being stupid, and God having both womb and a vagina, and a great one by Steve Sparshott on zombie apocalypse misconceptions.
The truth is, we don’t know what will happen when we go — not even if we’re seasoned prophets like Camping — and therein lies the beauty, as Richard Cox so eloquently states.
But it’s all moot, because we’re alive, and wow do those billboards look stupid.