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The End of Times?Posted Monday, March 21, 2011, at 9:46 AM
With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which followed the earthquake and tsunami a few years ago in Indonesia, couples with conflicts all around the world the doomsdayers and end of timers have been coming out of the woodwork.
Here's the thing, this is not a new phenomenon. It happens every time swells like these occur.
200 years ago the New Madrid fault zone awoke and for several months shook the middle part of the United States. Though there are no actual accounts, it is rumored that the Mississippi River ran backwards for several days. It was a horrible event but it really didn't affect a large number of people because at the time of the earthquakes the area was extremely low populated. Yet the doomsdayers and end of timers were predicting that we were seeing the coming of the end of time. In the end the New Madrid quieted and has been mostly quiet for 200 years.
What the doomsdayers and end of timers almost always leave out of their "analysis" of current events is that similar things have happened throughout our shared history and the world (and to a lesser extent human kind) has yet to come to an end.
It does go to the old question though, if you continually say something is going to happen and eventually it does, does that actually make you right?
It has been said (heck I may have even said it) that the level of discourse we are currently seeing in American politics is the worst we have ever seen in our history. This is not the case. You have to remember that at the beginning of this nation, disputes were typically resolved through duels. The most famous, of course, occurring between Vice President Aaron Burr and former US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton on July 11, 1804. Andrew Jackson was involved in one in 1806.
Even Presidential campaigns were much more nastier than anything we have seen today.
During the campaign between former friends Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the Jefferson team said that Adams was a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
In return Adams team said of Jefferson that he was "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."
Even Martha Washington, our very first, first lady got involved and said that Jefferson was "one of the most detestable of mankind."
So none of this is new and this too shall pass.
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