29 May 2011

Revised date for the end of the world

My third posting on this idiocy, but I can't help it. It IS funny:
Mr Harold Camping who predicted that the end of the world would take place on 21 May 2011, has now revised his opinion. He claims that the world DID end on 21 May 2011 (did you notice?) but that was a "spiritual" end:
“I was truly wondering what is going on. In my mind, I went back through all of the promises God has made, all of the proofs, all of the signs and everything was fitting perfectly, so what in the world happened? I really was praying and praying and praying, oh Lord, what happened?” 

 He continued by saying that the real end will be on 21 October 2011.

If he was the only idiot in the world claiming all that crap, nobody would raise an eybrow. The problem is that he has many followers. These morons, not only go around shouting, demonstrrating, and looking for attention, but also support Camping financially.  (In 2009, he reported $18.3 million in donations and assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks.) He was asked whether he would return the money to his followers. He replied thus:
"We’re not at the end. Why would we return it?" 
Indeed, indeed. The guy plans to return the money AFTER the end.

Why are there so many idiots? Why is there such a great stupidity in the world? Can it be explained scientifically? What makes one want to be a sheer moron? Camping could very well be smart: after all, he makes millions from his followers. But why are there followers in the first place? There are so many people in the world who cannot think independently but want a father-figure, someone to obey. This figure could be a businessman (like Camping), or a politician, or a king, or a god, etc.

I think that the major success of all totalitarian regimes lies not so much in the power of the dictators but in the sheer obedience of a large fraction of people. And when I say "totalitarian regime", I also speak metaphorically. I refer not only to a dictatorship, but also to religion, to an organization, to an  institution, etc.

There must be some kind of explanation for the need of people to submit themselves to mental or physical slavery and behave moronically. Some day we'll understand. And, perhaps, we can find a cure (for those who wish to be cured of their stupidity.)

1 comment:

  1. Timea (Euthymia)29 May 2011, 21:55:00

    Why do we submit ourselves to mental and physical slavery? Why is religion so important to so many? I have an idea and of course it does not have to be the right one for everybody.It seems logical to me : lack of self-confidence! It is easier to shift responsibility over,blaming gods, politicians or our own parents or (and) partners. It is more comfortable than taking responsibility and working hard.The fear of the challenge of new steps in our lives,where we are not sure of the outcome. Those who do not use religion as a refuge,use alcohol or drugs,excessive food,medical drugs,workalcoholism,exaggerating sports,etc. All my respect to those who don't use any forms of cover!!!
    Am I any better? Not necessarily,(yes,I am blushing) but at least I am honest with myself (and others) about myself. I find it better to look for help in myself,my family,my friends than the religious crap.



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The principle of dynamic programming

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