Doomsday and other hobbies

Sihanoukville. Predictions of the end of the world have been since ever. What is true, from a scientist point of view, is that it is possible a universal cataclysm. The danger of the climate change gives a good probability or that a huge asteroid or comet plays billiard with our warzone planet. You can add a nuclear accident or a nuclear war. Those things can conduct, objectively, to an end of our blue and violent globe. You do not need to be a prophet or a preacher to say it.

But the topic of the end of the world is a favorite proposition to most fundamentalist religions. There are a good number of pastors, priests, prophets or enlighten ones very worry about the judgment day as a good label for their religious propaganda. It has proven to be more effective than the ‘sin promotion’, although it is well included. Harold Camping gave us this month a good example. He spent thousands of dollars placing big billboards in many countries, including Cambodia, to prevent us that the judgment day was going to be on May 21. Now, as if his charade was not enough, he just moved it to October 21, 2011! [1]

Now well, these ‘ends of the world’ have some elements in common: they place a very vengeful divinity on the skies keen to destroy the planet; and a heavenly rescue team that will come to bring to heaven (wherever it could be) those who are considered ‘good’. It is by sure that Camping expects to be one of those inside that always-small group of ‘chosen ones’ – actually I am sorry to put this elderly person as the example, but he is the most actual among thousands like him.

Why the good God would take into consideration for his rescue plan the idea to bring to heaven fundamentalist pastors, priests or rabbis with blind followers that, as in the case of the Camping’s believers were able to support expensive billboards even in poor countries like Cambodia? Would God save persons from a particular religion?

As I think that God is the mastermind of reason, science and mercy, I find more appropriate to think that he would send that curious heavenly rescue team to save persons like atheist biologist Richard Dawkins – just an example. Why? Because I think that an intelligent God will enjoy the Dawkins’ questions better than the chants of Camping repeating forever and ever ‘Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! – Just another example again. Maybe God will save first all those who work to end violent conflicts in too many countries, those who defend human rights and ethics, those honest political and social leaders who work for the good of their people, without corruption and hypocrisy.

Why will God safe a man who gives 100 thousand dollars to put billboards to announce the end of the world? Why the end of the world needs so much publicity? Why not to save better those persons who put money in the development and education of children and youth from developing countries, those who fight to defend environment or those who fight for justice and defend the poor and the oppress without so much noise?

All those persons, believers or not, belonging to any religion, philosophy or science, do their work in the hope to leave this world better as they found it. Those persons are the real hope of humanity, if it has a future.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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