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Thursday, October 20, 2005

The End of the World Cometh....?

This is going to be a long-winding post, but rightfully so.....

A report that MSNBC online carried today about doomsday scenarios that are being predicted because of the tsunami, hurricane Katrina, and all....(You can read it here). While such predictions are nothing new, what is disturbing is that some of these beliefs are shared by lawmakers -- senators no less. The report mentions the comments of Alabama senator (Republican, rest assured) Henry Erwin Jr., who said that Katrina was God's way of punishing New Orleans, (and the rest of the area) for its decadence.

These thoughts are particularly disturbing.....following from that line of reasoning, Las Vegas (along with a dozen other cities in the US) should have been destroyed by God a long time ago. Regarding New Orleans -- the people who suffered the most were the poorest, and the reason why they suffered is simply BAD GOVERNANCE -- for which people like Henry Erwin Jr. are to blame. How convenient to pick them as targets for God's wrath!

Like I mentioned above, doomsday prophets are abound in every culture, every country, so comments like these keep popping up in the media every often. Many religions attest to this idea too -- so its not just Christianity that mentions the end of days. For me, these notions are reflective of the time when humanity was unable to understand and hence, many a time cope with natural disasters. Not surprisingly, they would attribute it to a higher power, who needed to be appeased. Unfortunately, this line of reasoning continue into this age and day....uncertainty is something humans will always have to live with -- and it seems that in times of uncertainty, the only ones with definite answers are with these so-called prophets....

Whats more scarier is the gradual trend that we can see the coming together of religion (or atleast, many religious beliefs) with the state in the US. This has been worrisome -- with President Bush's alleged comments about God leading him to make decisions about war, to his endorsement of teaching Intelligent Design in schools. Maybe he would like to take a page or two from some of the Islamic States in the middle east? Where is this leading to in the long run? Is this just pandering towards a potential vote base, or is this much more ?

Central to these dangerous notions is the supposed inerrance of the religious texts (which make these claims), but thats a topic for another post...


Isaac Newton's credibility as being a seminal figure in history was lowered a lot, in my view, when I came across this comment he had made. This is probably the kind of stuff that emboldens people like Henry Erwin Jr. ....

"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition" -- Isaac Newton


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