May 13, 2011
Every day on my commute to and from work, when I transfer between the trolley and the subway I find a bunch of people passing out leaflets warning us that The Rapture is going to happen on May 21, 2011.
Just about every spiritual path has some form of "end times" expectation, often including detailed descriptions of what they expect to happen. For the Norse, Ragnarok will happen following three winters which do not have summers between them. Another path speaks of earthquakes. The Mayan calendar's longest cycle ends in 2012. Nobody is especially unique in their variation of their description of end times.
The Rapture has a special attraction to Christians. According to many of them, The Rapture will be the event in which the truly righteous will be removed from this world all of a sudden, and allowed to rest while those left behind have to endure the Tribuation and the End Times.
I have reason to doubt their prediction of May 21st. Nevertheless, most of our paths do speak of end-times. So, what does that mean for us as we go through our daily lives?
One of the first steps toward wisdom is acknowledging what we do not know. And regardless of what we expect, we don't know if it is going to be thousands of years from now, or if it will be interrupting your reading fo this paragraph.
And in it, there is much which we can learn and profit from.