Saturday, May 21, 2011

why worry?

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) poet, novelist, and critic

guess you may have heard according to some folks the end is near....or given today's date, i should say that it is here!

and just how many millennium have people been saying the end is near or here? like since the beginning of human record keeping and probably even before that!

in college i read a study about how groups make sense of life going on after the date has passed from when they believed the world would end. if memory serves me correctly, the primary rationalization or explanation went something like - "the world didn't end when it was suppose to because we prayed so hard and are so good. god took favor with us and spared the world his wrath." or a similar variation.

well, believers, i'm radically optimistic that the world isn't going to end today but if it makes you feel better to believe that you saved us, then well, thank you for saving the planet.

okay, if i'm partway wrong and it turns out that a whole lot of folks have been raptured up, i still want to say thank you --if there is a rapture, i'm sure i'll still be here given the nature of my belief system. as an unrepentant optimist i'm really grateful that some of the pressure is off... maybe i don't have to worry so much about global climate change and overpopulation!

speaking of ends and optimism....have you heard this one? pretty much sums up my attitude about things:
In the end, there are only two things to worry about:
either you are well or you are sick.
When you're well, there is nothing to worry about.
But if you're sick, then there are two things to worry about:
either you get well or you will die.
When you get well, there is nothing to worry about.
But when you die, then there are two things to worry about:
either you'll go to heaven or you'll go to hell.
When you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.
But when you go to hell, you'll be so damn busy shaking hands with friends,
you won't have time to worry!



we have a beautiful weekend here on the north coast. time to unplug and go out end check out some of the great happenings going on this weekend- like this and this and who knows what else!

the following vid doesn't really tie in but a friend recently turned me on to it and i just love it.

photos: self-portrait, nyc, june 2010; cleveland 20 may 2011


Roy said...

In the words of Michael Stipe: "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."

Steve Reed said...

I love that saying! Ha!

This whole end of the world thing is so crazy. It's just free publicity for that crazy pastor's radio show. Good grief! :)

I have rejoined blogland, by the way. Hope to be coming around more often!

Betsy Brock said...

I had been wondering what those people say when their date comes and goes and nothing happened, so I'm glad you cleared that up for me. ha.

Hey, we're having awesome weather today and SUN!! What's that? ha. Almost forgot since it had been about a month since we've seen it! Rain is coming tonight for us, though. Sigh.

Kate Hanley said...

See, the Mayans believe the world will end in 2012 because that's when their calendar runs out. I just don't know who to believe anymore but I do like the poem, it sums everything up nicely. Love the video, it's so cool! Who would think to do that?

Watson said...

That setup on the video is totally awesome kimy.

Ibought some ice cream today. If "Jesus comes" at 6 I want to have something to serve him. Good excuse, eh?? ;-)

I wonder what is behind all the hype about the "end times"? It's been around for a long time. Expectations that distract from the Gospel, and it's proclamation of God's Kindom of peace and community. I find it sad. So many people seem so lost.

Meri said...

My son and I have been having a good laugh today (obviously, we have a flaw in our belief system, still being here and all). . . but as one commentator said, the Republican presidential field should be thinned out.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

roy.... that would have been the perfect theme song for today! gotta agree!!

steve - yeah, welcome back to the bloggyhood! gotta update my blogroll so i can keep up.

betsy - it's crazy! people from the beginning of time have thought the end is here/near. i say they must have stuff they are feeling guilty about to be so worried.

oh our day today (like yesterday_ is INCREDIBLE!!!! i didn't hear about rain.....ooooooh hope not, have had enough....but what's that flood or drought, feast or famine!!

kate - oh i love, love, love that video!!!

daisy.... yep lots of angst and loss out there amongst humans. namaste sweet friend!

meri - i have an idea for a t-shirt or bumper sticker, if i make it, it will read "5.22.2011 - oh shit, you're still here" yeah, yeah me bad!!!

Merle Sneed said...

My friend sold everything he had in the last go around with this Camping guy.

So people want to believe and there's no stopping them.