Last night I was not fortunate enough to see the blood moon. The cloudy Myrtle Beach skies didn’t make it possible. Not that it hurt my feelings too much, for whatever reason I have never gotten that excited about astronomical rarities. Does that mean if I was able to see it that I wouldn’t have taken a photo and posted it to Instagram? Definitely not.
This rare occurrence combined with the “blood” color of the moon combined with loose interpretations of religious texts brought out the doomsday sayers. Groups of people prepared for the absolute worst as they stockpiled endless supplies of bottled watered, purchased countless cases of canned food, invested in the best safety equipment on the market, and constructed bunkers/hideouts/safe houses. As with the other hundred end of the world scenarios that grabbed media attention since I have lived on this planet, the catastrophe never came to fruition.
Now I am not hear to mock the folks who went all-in with Y2K or spent their life savings preparing for the aftermath of 12/21/12. I realize that some of these folks are brainwashed by influential people, or, despite best intentions, just interpret prophecies wrongly themselves. These people want to protect their families and honor their faiths. Again, I am not making fun of these men and women.
However, I would love to watch a documentary done on how these people reacted when the end of the world never materialized. At what point on December 21 did they realize that the world wasn’t ending? When last night did people fearing the blood moon come out of their fortresses? How exactly did they come to terms with the fact that disaster never did strike?
I would like a couple more questions answered as well. How did they deal with the humiliation? What did they do with your excess amounts of bottled water and baked beans? How did they explain everything to their children? How did they get on with their lives in a healthy manner?
Again, these aren’t facetious questions. Rather, these inquiries would start dialogue that I think would be extremely fascinating. The documentary would focus on a family from each of the different end of the world prophecies over the past few decades that prepared for the worst. This would give the film great variety while at the same time identifying common themes both pre/post fake apocalypse dates.
Of course, I have an idea to take this all one step further. Again, I am not trying to make a sham out of these people but I think my thought has potential. Why not take one member from each of the most notorious families who prepared for the end of the world (I am thinking the ones who made national news) and have them compete on a reality show? You could devote a whole season of “Survivor” to this unique group of people or just make up an entirely new show. How would these folks who did all they possibly could to survive the end of the world actually do in a simulated type situation? I think it would be gripping television. Ratings would be huge. Perhaps Donald Trump could compete as a wild card contestant.
I am sincerely interested in the people who erroneously doubled down on a specific date they thought the world would end. I would like to know more about them and even see how they would have fared had their predictions proved correct. But remember, we will never know the time nor the date when the world will end. Don’t Blink.