The native Polynesian tribe had occupied these same islands for a centuries. They had maintained the same culture, religion, language, and customs, making no significant leaps in technology as they lived in perfect harmony with the land. All they had ever known were those small islands; in fact, those islands were their known world. Then one day, the tribe spots an object in the sky. It looks like a bird, but it doesn’t flap its wings; it makes the sound of thunder, but there isn’t a cloud in sight; it reflects the light of the sun, but it is not made out of water, nor any other material known to them. The only possibility is that it must be a god.
Imagine how if would feel to be one of those tribesmen and women who were seeing an airplane for the first time ever and you’ll be ready to learn about the fascinating phenomena known as cargo cults.
This is the fifth and final part of a series (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) covering several ways that humanity’s time on Earth could conceivably come to an end. The study of the apocalypse, known as eschatology has been a pervasive force in religion, science, and popular culture since the development of the first cultures on Earth. Some of the theories about the end of days are more plausible than others, but all are thought-provoking nonetheless. Well, the day has come and gone, and we are still here. This isn’t the first time someone has Incorrectly Predicted the Apocalypse to the end!
Wow…I don’t believe it. December 21st, 2012, the day that was supposed to herald the end, has come and gone – and we are still here. My shock is palpable! Not really folks…after all, the first four parts in this series basically explained how everything except the end of the world could happen today. Even the Mayans didn’t explicitly say it would be the end! So, in an attempt to offer the doomsday preppers out there a bit of consolation, I thought I would share a few other past doomsday predictions that never came true. But first, enjoy this very appropriate song –