The Sky is Falling! The B.A.S. says the world will end in 2 minutes. Laugh with me in this week’s edition of “Isn’t That Ironic?”.
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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has supposedly been keeping a “Doomsday Clock” since 1947 which tries to represent how close the world is to self-destructing. They think the combination of the threat of nuclear war and the threat of some climactic disaster are so great that they have moved the symbolic clock 20 seconds closer to Armegedon.
This is beyond ironic—it’s comic. Nuclear weapons have not been deployed since the Second World War. The evidence from real history is pretty clear that we’ve been close to deploying them several times since then—but not now. We likely came closest during the Korean War, when the US field commanders actually wanted to use nuclear bombs and asked to use them. We came next closest during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There was also serious talk of it in the 1970s during the Arab-Israeli wars when Israel was losing.
Common sense should tell us that the most likely time to use a weapon is during a war. We’re not even close to that right now. The threat of nuclear war is likely lower now that at any time during my life. Current worries are speculative fear-mongering based on highly unlikely scenarios about unknown future events.
What about the climate? The scientific evidence shows that the earth’s climate has not changed noticeably for two decades. Climate fear is not based on climate evidence. It’s all based on climate speculation. Based on my own slight (but non-zero) understanding of mathematical models, the climate speculation that is being used to whip people into a frenzy of fear is highly unscientific. Nobody knows the future and there is little real evidence that the earth’s climate is anything to be afraid of. There is no scientific or mathematical basis upon which to predict the future climate of the planet. We don’t know. Full stop.
So why the fear? And what does any of this have to do with spiritual things? Fear is a strange thing. From a spiritual standpoint, we shouldn’t fear anything. That’s what Jesus said. Most of our personal fears are wild imaginings about a future that never becomes reality. Our fears are mostly fantasy and mostly self-destructive. It’s best to try to banish our personal fears with love. As St. John said, “Perfect love casts out fear.”
But also be observant when other people try to make us fearful. It’s usually an attempt to manipulate us. The press whips up fears and exaggerates every problem into a crisis in order to sell more papers and keep you glued to your TV. Politicians (and wanna-be’s) use fear to accumulate more power for themselves. Remember the old political saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” A crisis is always an opportunity for someone else to take power away from you.
Keep your power. Keep your cool. The world has a funny way of not ending. I’ve lived through several well-publicized ends of the world. Somehow, things seem to keep going. With every crisis, governments grab more power for themselves at the expense of everyone else.
If it gets colder, we’ll wear more clothes. If it gets hotter, we’ll wear less. There won’t be a war if nobody wants to die in one. And nuclear weapons won’t be deployed if there is no war. Relax. Take a breath. Thank God you live in such a wonderful, peaceful world.
God Bless You!
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