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Planet Earth: Signing Off

Chris Farmer RSS / 21.05.2011. u 17:57

So this is goodbye.

Chances are that the world will have ended by the time I finish this sentence. No? Ok, I can probably get a few more paragraphs in before the cataclysm and what St. Matthew calls the time of "great tribulation" (clearly a biblical Star Trek reference, indicating how well he could see the future).

The big question must be HOW the world is going to be ended. Millions of years in the making, surely the denouement will have to be something spectacular. No mere separation of the sheep from the goats, the Book of Revelations promises us a 3D sound-and-light extravaganza that will (quite literally) blow our minds.

And then, as the world will be at an end after the show, no need to remember where we parked.

[Checks at the window; notes continued existence of the world; pours a drink].

It is deeply gratifying to me that you are spending these last few moments before the destruction of civilization and all of its delights and devastations with me. It does put a bit of added pressure on me to ensure that the last words you are reading will be of SIGNIFICANCE and might even be of some use in the Hereafter.

[Nothing yet?]

Sadly, as TS Eliot would have it, the world will probably end with more of whimper than a bang. Much in the way Osama bin Laden was dealt with - wham, bam, thank you ma'am, where's the body? We will receive the new of our destruction in real time thus making it far less dramatic than the End of the World deserves. Real time always disappoints as the action is always far more quickly dispatched than the narrative version could make it. Suddenly the lights will snap off. We will curse and blame the storm (rather a nice meteorological touch for E. of the W.), and then suddenly it will be:

"Damn!"
"What?"
"The world has ended."
"It's probably just a fuse..."

Assuming the worst, however, we should probably have all out Monday morning affairs in order nevertheless. The excuse about the world NOT ending when it should have will probably not fly. No one will take pity on our lost souls if we try to use that old chestnut. Best rely on Blaise Pascal's old standby for believing in God - if you believe and it turns out he does not exist, what's the harm? But the contrary could get you into a spot of bother on Judgment Day (i.e., today).

[Still got a world out there...]

Just a moment ago, I spoke with a very good friend in Singapore who is already well and  firmly into tomorrow, time-zone wise. Talking to her was like talking to the future. And in the future, she exists, therefore... et cetera.

But just in case this is goodbye, thanks for the memories.

Planet Earth: signing off.

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bandina bandina 18:21 21.05.2011

....

Hysteria is powerful... It's funny how people when not able to explain certain things start acting like...well, start acting funny. I am a bit tired of these kind of things...
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 18:26 21.05.2011

Re: ....

bandina
Hysteria is powerful... It's funny how people when not able to explain certain things start a acting like...well, start acting funny. I am a bit tired of these kind of things...

We act funny all the time... We just do not always have an EXCUSE for it!

CBF
bandina bandina 18:34 21.05.2011

Re: ....

This one is really ridiculous.


jinks jinks 18:34 21.05.2011

...

mlekac mlekac 20:08 21.05.2011

Actually

End of the world as we used to know had passed long ago. But we were to busy discovering this new one to pay any attention.

So, enjoy!
srdjan.pajic srdjan.pajic 20:09 21.05.2011

Pa, da se pozdravimo, onda


fantomatsicna fantomatsicna 21:47 21.05.2011

Juhuuuuuuu

I am still here, nja nja nja
But be aware there is more!!!
one for the road one for the road 04:32 22.05.2011

Nothing new

People with issues would rather see everything destroyed then face the issues. I knew a guy who would call for a doomsday every time he would have a minor problem (cut in the traffic, unplanned bank fees, weather, etc). ;-)
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 20:09 22.05.2011

And it came to pass.... not so much

And tomorrow came just the same.... And there was no judgment. And there was no trepidation. And there was no accountability.

'I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.'- Sir Isaac Newton

Back to work.



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