Feeling a Bit Apocalyptic

(Spoiler: this post may contain hyperbole.)

Things are looking bleak for the human race. Dire warnings from Al Gore have largely fallen on deaf ears and right-wing Republicans seem bent on steaming ahead spewing carbon into the atmosphere, burning as many fossil fuels as possible, gutting regulatory agencies, and generally acting irresponsible.

There are also fringe groups convinced the world will end in 2014 on 21 December 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends that year. I think they might have it down to a particular month, but the year itself is close enough for discomfort. And let’s be clear, a good segment of the Christian population is going by the Good Book, banking on the apocalypse for their final salvation, so there’s really not a large segment clamoring for restraint. Those are my friends and relatives and judging by the all the madness I think we’re outnumbered.

With the threatened meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants in Japan (SIX of them in a row!), we are racing toward self-destruction at an unprecedented rate. The earth may be ready to be rid of us, too. I have this theory, based on a comment my father once made, “Final proof that there is intelligent life in the rest of the Universe? They have not contacted us.” My theory is that we were dumped on earth by those very beings—a bit like criminals sent to Australia— and they put those huge spheres, Easter Island statues, and perhaps the pyramids as warning symbols to any space craft that ventures too close to earth. STAY AWAY. Locos live here!

I watch the news coverage because I can’t pull my eyes away, so my days are bombarded by idiot humans fighting each other in Africa, corporate minions trying, without much success I might add, to contain a power source whose half-life is longer than most people.The arrogance to think we can control it!

Man makes his plans and the gods laugh.

I ache for the people of Japan and am sorry their culture has bowed to corporations now calling the shots when it comes to their public safety. Note to self: the Republicans are close to accomplishing the same thing in the United States by gutting the EPA and its ability to regulate. They are fond of saying that businesses feel an “uncertainty” with the current state of affairs under the Obama administration. Judging from the compassionate response of BP during the Gulf oil spill we are due to experience what the Japanese are dealing with on a unprecedented level soon.

Time for the wake up call, but I think it’s falling on the deaf, too filled with hate or greed or ignorance to care.

I prepare for the End.

  4 comments for “Feeling a Bit Apocalyptic

  1. Lynne
    26/03/2011 at 3:44 pm

    I think your hypothesis about us being the alien “rejects” that they planted here, with warnings to other space travelers to stay aways has merit. Douglas Adams used that idea in “Hitchhikers Guide” with the spacecraft full of “telephone sanitizers, hairdressers, and middle managers” that was shot off into space to “colonize” a new planet – as a way to get rid of useless people on their home planet of Golgafrincham (the craft was programmed to crash, not land, but they survived anyway and started a really screwed up colony that’s remarkably similar to us!)

    • 26/03/2011 at 5:01 pm

      I love the premise of “Hitchhiker’s Guide” and plan on reading it. Thanks for that recommendation, Lynne. I also liked the grouping of the rejects: “telephone sanitizers, hairdressers, and middle managers.” Very funny. It’s good to laugh.

      When I cease to laugh I will know I’ve sunk to Bob Dole’s level. I think that’s the thing most people miss about cynics; they really do find humor in the insanity. 😉

  2. 18/03/2011 at 2:22 pm

    Well, yes, but …

    The nuclear disaster in Japan is difficult to assess. Bad, yes, but not “bad” in the way of Chernobyl, at least from what I’m reading. We’re on the horns of the proverbial dilemma with the “power” question. We “gots” to have electricity and nuclear is cleaner than coal or gas-fired generation. What we need is fusion reactors, which are less chancy and have water (as I remember) as a byproduct.

    I said to Belinda, “What the devil were they thinking putting six reactors on a coastline in an earthquake zone?” She said, “Water.” But Japan is a mountainous country, which generally means “water” (snow). I don’t see why the reactors couldn’t have been built inland.

    Oh, yes. I think the year the Mayans worried about was 2012 rather than 2014. I’ve even heard a specific date: 12/21/12.

    I doubt many of us Christians are ready for the Second Coming. Personally, I still need to gather up my list of excuses, rationales, and apologies.

    • 18/03/2011 at 2:58 pm

      I found the date of the “end of the world” according to the Mayan calendar after I wrote that rant and will correct my post. And, I agree with you that we are on the horns of a dilemma, however, it is also true that man seems to be particularly adept at entering into things he cannot know (or ignores) the consequences of, i.e. genetically modified foods, deep water drilling, hydraulic fracture drilling, drilling in general, and, of course, nuclear power. When things go “bad” he always makes excuses or modifies what he first considered intolerable, because… well, now it’s a reality. I note this morning that the Japanese have raised the radiation exposure levels considered safe for people so they could send more workers into the plants. SIX PLANTS all in a row, and with spent fuel stored there. WHAT were they thinking? I also do not think you can trust what you are hearing. The government of Japan is getting its information from the electric company and it’s becoming clear they are not forthcoming with all the facts.

      The mountains would never have enough water for nuclear power plants. I heard it took 60 tons of water on a continuous basis to keep the rods cooled and covered. Hence, all (I think–more ranting) nuclear reactors are located on rivers or by the sea. But what kind of animal plays around with substances like this? None. We are insane. I’m sticking by that.

      I have heard of a group of right-wing nuts who do believe in the Second Coming; the Bible is a subtle force. Leviticus continues to drive the pay scales of men and women in this country into the 21st Century and I believe that many accept the belief that if the world ends Jesus will return. Hence there is no concerted effort to maintain this planet we call home. I’m sticking by that as well.

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