Monday, December 3, 2012

end of the world as we know it

Do you remember the story of Chicken Little, who thought the sky was falling when an acorn fell on its head? We laugh at the silliness of the chick, but many times there are people around us who are doing much the same thing. December 21st, 2012 is just around the corner and there aren't that many who still take the end of the world predictions for that date (based on a misread Mayan calendar) very seriously anymore. We all dismissed our fears about 1984, made it through Y2K just fine, and made jokes about Harold Camping's apocalyptic predictions last year.

Yet another kind of end of the world hysteria , all too common as these, has arisen again. The specter of loser hysteria, doom and gloom because of election loss, the hand-wringing by those who can't just accept that their candidate lost (or that the other side won). Those on the right were mad enough that Barack Obama won in 2008. They became unhinged when he won re-election last month. They talked about "the death of my country" , the end of Western civilization, the loss of freedom and the rising of tyranny. And, as often happens, they threatened to leave the US if the results were not reversed. Not that that will happen of course.

There are two big problems with this. One is that they are, like Chicken Little, vastly over-reacting to changes they don't like. They can't deal with thought that their candidate lost and they are pulling the "I'll hold my breath till I turn blue,if you won't do what I want" -kind of juvenile behavior. Losing is not easy, adapting to change can be hard, but it is necessary to grow. Real character is shown in how you deal with loss, even more sometimes than with winning. And there are a lot of people on the right who are showing a woeful lack of character.

The other problem is that the people who are going bonkers in fear are the ones who should be fearing the least  - if they only lived what they said they believed. They claim to be people of faith yet have so much doubt. At this time of remembering the first advent of Christ, we recall from scripture that the second coming is supposed to usher in a time of peace, harmony, and healing for the world. The "end of the world as we know it" should be welcomed , as it becomes the" start of the world as it should be". At least to those who truly look for it and believe in hope. These people, however, are by their words and actions  exposed as religious frauds.

So celebrate December 21st, is the Winter Solstice....when the days start getting longer, the nights shorter, and the New Year beckons:)

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