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  •  Cop-out (12+ / 0-)

    This embrace of Jesus getting here any second now is a cop-out for not doing anything.
      It's also hubris. What if you aren't one of Gawd's chosen. You just think you are? Especially since you did anything for the meek but pray.

    “Wall Street had been doing business with pieces of paper; and now someone asked for a dollar, and it was discovered that the dollar had been mislaid.” ― Upton Sinclair

    by gjohnsit on Thu May 02, 2013 at 06:13:06 AM PDT

    •  It's an all-too-real seductive idea, that The END (2+ / 0-)
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      is coming soon.  

      Millions of people--myself included--enjoy fiction based on disaster & dystopia.  It's compelling, & unfortunately, someone who is raised to believe that the Bible is the literal, unquestionable Word Of God can be susceptible to this compelling narrative of an impending end to all things, because for too many, it is the only thing that makes a dreary, hard life seem meaningful, & perhaps even a relief.

      Of course, for those who have plenty & are comfortable, your comment applies perfectly.  

      It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

      by Leftcandid on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:20:08 AM PDT

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      •  But if you use even a fraction of (3+ / 0-)
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        The brain god gave you, it's pretty clear that the end of the world has been 'soon' for 2000+ yrs.

        So chances are good it's not happening in my lifetime.

        •  Yes and no. (0+ / 0-)

          What threat does climate change pose to moern civilization?

          The world can end in different ways.  Obviously there's a big difference between a literal return of Christ & subsequent Revelations-style activities, and a cycle of crop-killing, immigration-triggering storm & drought mized with rising sea levels.  But on some level deep in the mind, these are kind of the same.

          It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

          by Leftcandid on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:00:07 AM PDT

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    •  Tom Perrotta "The Leftovers" (1+ / 0-)
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      In The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta looks at a small community where something that might be the Rapture--or not--has taken place. Lots of people suddenly disappear.

      The novel looks at the aftermath. That includes:
      - people who were sure they would be raptured, so it is hard for them to believe that this was a real rapture, because they were left behind;
      - people who disappeared, even though others were stunned because they wouldn't have thought those people would go;
      - people who are just shaken by the experience, and pursue various spiritual, social, political, etc. paths in dealing with it;
      - people who are shaken by it because important people in their lives disappear; and so on.

      There is a lot of attention to how it affects young people, who may have lost a parent, but almost surely lost at least some friends.

      It is a good read.

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