May 21 came and went without the 1812 Overture promised by Harold Camping. A number of people embraced his predictions as reported in various media outlets.
Sincerity of belief does not change the reality of events on this planet traversing the cosmos. One can believe what they choose, but the earth rotates with night and day within a 24 hour cycle. The four seasons always come.
Various events, tragic events, happen on this orb each day. Life and death are played out in the various theaters of existence.
One thing is certain: life is fragile. Humans with their vast array of abilities and talents are emotional beings with hopes and fears.
Unfortunately, it seems that religion, at least extreme religious fervour, can tap into the fear factor that resides in all of us. Most of us cope with fear admirably daily. There are those individuals who allow the hysteria to overcome their rational behaviour, and they plunge into an irrational reality from which it is difficult to emerge.
I have no doubt that Camping and his followers were sincere. They want a better life than what they experience on this earth. This is understandable, but there are millions of religious individuals on this planet who have the same hope for the life to come, yet they go to work each day and contribute to their communities. They are a positive influence.
Like it or not, the earth is our home. Until we pass into the sleep of death, we have to embrace the life that we have and work to improve the conditions in our communities for our fellow travellers. This is a given for daily existence.
Religious hysteria and extremism take many forms depending on the culture and the belief system. However, rationality must never be surrendered to irrational behaviour.
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, the Nazarene Teacher told the parable of Ten Minas. A mina was about three months of wages in the first century.
One key element here is this simple yet profound statement: the master in the parable told his servants to take the money and put it to good use until he returned. Their task was simple—do the work that you have been given to do with the means and talents which you each possess. Upon the return of the master an accounting needed to be given to see what had been accomplished. Of course, they were never told when their master would return and demand of them a reckoning of what transpired in his absence.
If you want to make a difference in this world use your means and talents to help your fellow travellers on the road of life. Help those in your communities, especially the women and children.
Do what you can. This the primary focus of life. Live it and help those around you to live it as well. Live it well.
Please take dates for the end of the world with a grain of salt. As I said in a previous post: the world ends for you when you die.
Make sure your life counted for something before that eventuality; none of us know for sure when our final moment of life will be. However, the eventuality of death comes to us all.
May you have a great life. Take time to enjoy it.
G. D. Williams © 2011
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