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Got to Go, Camping

A psychic's take on Harold Camping's end-of-the-world prophecy

Camping season is here! Well, not the sleeping bag and tent camping. The Harold Camping, 89-year-old Christian fundamentalist who falsely claimed the world would end this past Saturday, season.

Last week you couldn't read or watch a news story without hearing his name and grim prediction—and a week later we are still talking about him. Even me, here on my blog! Thousands of his followers and believers have had their lives ruined by Camping. Many gave up their worldly goods and emptied bank accounts to donate to his cause. Untold numbers of people were frightened by his prophecy. When his message first became the huge topic of discussion, I laughed, for I know despite the disasters of this realm, Mother Earth still has a lot of stamina left!

I began to take the impact of Mr. Camping's message more seriously as phone calls and e-mails started to arrive from those frightened by his words. Many of those calls came from parents whose children heard the rumors from classmates and via the Internet. Last Saturday, as I watched the clock with baited breath for the 6:10 p.m. designated hour (not for the world's end mind you, but for the start of the Preakness horse race) I thought of Harold Camping, and how embarrassed he was about to be. By Saturday evening, the news reported Camping was holed up, curtains drawn, at his home with family nearby.

"Ah, finally he is silenced," I sighed.

But not so—this guy is getting more press after his false prediction than before! This time he's saying God basically cut us some slack, and the doomsday date has been pushed back to Oct. 21. How is it people still believe this fella?

We have witnessed devastation: earth quakes, tsunamis and the like, and the images of the  suffering in Joplin, MO are still fresh in our minds. These events have many wondering if indeed Camping is truly on to something. But just remember: man has experienced occurrences like these since time began. And as dreadful as these types of events are, Mother Earth still has a lot of life in her and has no plans on ending anytime soon. Perhaps these natural disasters and extreme weather patterns are Her way of screaming out to humankind to show respect and value the planet we call home by being more environmentally conscious. Maybe our Higher Power is sending messages about living a kinder , more peaceful existence. We can all do our part, even with a task as simple as recycling and showing acts of kindness to one and other.

That is my message to Harold Camping! Now, just for the sake of interest and fun... is there something on your bucket list you would like to do?

Until next time, remember: magic happens.

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Will May 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM
great piece !
kathy shifrin May 25, 2011 at 03:05 AM
you tell em Maya This man should be run out of town after what he has done. The people he scared, the amount of time taken away from people with the news and papers writing about him, for what to see that he does not know a damn thing. I guess at his age he was looking for the power and the glory, but only got shame. I do not think God will be the one to end the world, but mankind will if we keep going the way we are going. Kathy
Bill DeN May 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Exactly. Camping is nut, plain and simple. I'm really surprised no one has sued him for false advertising.
Donna Schmidt May 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Love your title here of this piece, very clever Maya. I think you should start your own media campaign where people have to start to think for themselves, not believe everything they read or hear, and spend their time on more useful things. It's very sad that someone like this can have so much power over people. Nobody should go "camping", maybe think ocean!
CJ Miller May 25, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Well said. Nuts like this - who try to frighten others into believing in their misguided messages - don't serve any good purpose except to give the rest of us something to make fun of.
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) May 25, 2011 at 06:07 PM
"Many of those calls came from parents whose children heard the rumors from classmates and via the Internet." Spot on, Maya. Even youngsters who aren't associated with Camping or Family Radio are bound to see his billboards/website and become unnecessarily frightened. It's a shame.
arthur May 26, 2011 at 01:28 AM
i will send him to jail and i will tell him for you is the end of the world until you die

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