While I don’t understand it myself, a number of people in the media have apparently decided to stop paying attention to important matters to instead focus on (what I presume are) the mad ravings of Harold Camping, a Christian radio evangelist and president of the Family Radio network, who has predicted that May 21, 2011 would be the day the Rapture would take place as prophesied in the Bible. He even specified the hour, 6 p.m. local time.
Considering he made the same claims about the Rapture taking place on September 6, 1994, it seems odd that Camping would be thrust back in the spotlight but then I find many of the things the media chooses to focus on as being odd. Just in case he is right this time, I may as well jump on the bandwagon with the few hours I have left before the end times commence.
With the Rapture upon us, the last movie I would want to watch before the end times commence is Monty Python’s Life of Brian, a hysterical film of comedic brilliance written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gillaim, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin that satirizes the fanaticism seen in religion and also politics.
Brian (Graham Chapman) is a young Jewish man born the same night in Bethlehem as Jesus Christ and he is mistaken for the Messiah, first by the Three Wise Men and later by fellow citizens of Roman-occupied Judea. Brian joins the revolutionary Peoples’ Front of Judea in an effort to overthrow the Romans but ends up unintentionally starting a movement by people desperate to believe in something. As the title indicates, the movie covers Brian’s entire life from birth to his likely death.
Although their won’t be much of a bright side to look on, in my final hours I’ll likely need a few laughs and the Monty Python troupe have always been able to elicit those from me. Plus, it will give a head’s up to St. Peter and his staff about my way of thinking so I can be properly placed.