We Are Not Important Musings on the 21
May Rapture by Theodora Sutton
"..Then science came along and taught us that we are not the measure of all things, that there arewonders unimagined, that the universe is not obliged to conform to what was consideredcomfortable or plausible." Carl Sagan, Pale Blue DotSo today is the day that everything on earth is supposed to go to shit and by the 21
October, allthe people who dont believe in Jesus will die or go to hell or something.The basis for this argument is as follows. the world will end on 21 May, because that will be 722,500 daysfrom 1 April AD33, which [Camping] believes was the day of the Crucifixion. The figure of 722,500 isimportant because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, 10 and 17) together twice.
Apparently, when Camping found this out, it blew his mind.Well. Maths sure can be exciting stuff but I think I can safely say that to most of the planet, this seemspretty fucking stupid. And yet the whole business has got so much attention. Theres something aboutwhat Camping is saying which is evidently capturing the worlds imagination, morbid though it may be.My initial reaction to hearing about the rapture was simply disgust at the human races godawful case of vanity. To presume that global and even cosmic (see the Nibiru story) events bear any relation to our ownlittle blinkered view of the universe, that our actions can result in disasters that were predicted by addingup dates invented by humans - using a mathematical method invented by humans, is completelymoronically big headed and vain.Its not the only case of people resorting to random maths and word games to attempt to prove that theirpoint is worth listening to.The ontological argument is essentially a word game that proves Gods existenceby stating that if we can come up with the idea of God, then he must exist.1.
Whatever I clearly and distinctly perceive to be contained in the idea of something is true of thatthing.2.
I clearly and distinctly perceive that necessary existence is contained in the idea of God.3.
Therefore, God exists.
Aside from the fact that this is bollocks, Bertrand Russell summed up the opposing argument well when hesaidThe real question is: is there anything we can think of which, by the mere fact that we can think of it, isshown to exist outside our thought? Every philosophers job is to find out things about the world bythinking rather than observing. If yes is the right answer, there is a bridge from pure thought to things, if not, not.
Why do we put so much faith in the power of our own thoughts? They are a way of perceiving andunderstanding the world, is that not enough?
Harold Camping, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-preacher-warns-end-of-the-world-is-nigh-21-may-around-6pm-to-be-precise-2254139.html
Bertrand Russell, A history of western philosophy page 417