Well, it’s no surprise that I’m still around today, but there are some people – mostly in the USA, I think – who expected to be in a better place today. Will any of them think long and hard about why they’re still here and not there? Will any of them continue listening to Harold Camping after he opens his Bible again and crunches his old numbers in a new way to derive another idiotic prediction? Will any of them wise up to the fact that this lunatic is 0 for 2 for predictive accuracy, and take to heart the adage that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results?
I’d like to think so. Maybe a few of them will. But, I suspect that an awful lot of people are so committed to living their lives for some world other than the one they’ve got that they’ll continue following either Camping or someone like him. What a pathetic state of mind in which to live.
My life isn’t ideal, nor is it easy. But it’s mine. And I’m committed to making it the best life I can with the tools I’ve got. Some people think religious delusions are useful tools for building lives. I’m not one of them. I hope that a few (many) of the people whose dreams of rapture failed yesterday will lock their religious tools in their tool sheds, set fire to them, and join the reality-based community. There’s too much to enjoy in this life to squander it preparing for another one. I hope at least a few more people are ready to try life the faith-free way now.
– the chaplain