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Reality: A Steadfast Ally
by Jeremy Browning
Mar. 28, 2011 12:39

Lately, I feel bombarded by "End Times" themes.

It comes from overheard conversations among the true believers in my hometown. It comes from my customers: a new client just ordered a custom T-shirt print that reads, "We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," which is meant to remind folks that all the unrest in the world of late is nothing compared to what the End Times has in store for us.

And now I see it internationally, from believers in other faiths. This morning I read a story about the Iranian government's belief that current Mid-East strife is the signal of the coming of the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam.

It feels a little claustrophobic to be an unbeliever in this local and global climate that seems to be so bizzare. I might go on to mention all the other times the true believers were so sure that the end is nigh.

But as in all things, reality will have the last say. Either the Christian god is real and the second-coming is right around the corner, or it isn't. Either the twelfth Imam, to quote the CBN story, "will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days," or he won't.

I find it comforting not to be pining for the confirmation of those fanciful, centuries-old predictions.

Of course, it may be that I'm standing here muttering, "Oh fuck," while the twelfth Imam and his hordes trample me and my Christian neighbors -- who are also muttering, "Oh fuck."

Or, it could be that the Muslims and I are mouthing the obscenities while the Christians get beamed up in the Rapture and all hell breaks loose on Earth.

Or perhaps, as today, I'll shake my head at all of that nonsense, while disembodied souls and supernatural father figures and the lustful conquest fantasies of the faithful continue to be as out-of-touch with reality as they were yesterday and in 1830 and 610.

Edited Mar. 28, 2011 12:50


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