Blood Red Moon Fever

On April 15th, the moon is going to turn red. Blood Red. For many of us, this is a cool scientific phenomenon caused by a solar eclipse and we’re going to be outside to look at it in awe. But, for others, it is evidence that the world is going to end soon… yet again.
Okay, I kind of worried about Y2K, because there was an actual physical problem we had to deal with, but, because we saw it coming, it was prevented. I almost get why people got into a tizzy over the Mayan calendar prediction that December 21st, 2012 was going to be the end of everything, based on the science they learned on the internet that the planets were going to align just as solar flares were going to hit Earth, but this proved to be pseudo science at its finest. I once talked to someone who believed the Mayan calendar prediction, and brought up that 11/11/11 was coming and there are numerologists who think this will be the end of the world. His answer to that was, “Those people are crazy.”
So, the big freak out this time is based on a passage in the Bible that says a blood red moon will mark the coming of our Lord. (For the religious, this is code for the end of everything, so you better pray to God right now if you want to go to heaven.) Now, I am not saying that the end of the world is not coming someday. That, in fact, is inevitable, and it’s possible it could happen in our lifetime. But, just consider the statement made by a little known religious philosopher you many have heard of named Jesus Christ, who said that not even the angels in heaven will know when the end of the world coming.
To be honest, what scares me more is these people don’t just think the end is coming, they WANT it to come. I once watched an episode of Doomsday Preppers, where a toothless redneck who turned his basement into a fallout shelter said, “I’m gonna have to repopulate this here planet.” That, in itself, is a real reason nobody should ever want the end of the world to come.
I get it: I waited for years for a radioactive meteorite to land near me and give me super powers so I could become a superhero. But, I didn’t wish for the death and destruction of everything I hold dear to get it. Because, I know, you seem to think when civilization falls apart, you are going to survive to become Daryl Dixon. But, isn’t it more likely that you’re going to become Gilligan?


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