Okay, well, one of three things has obviously happened:
1. My watch has stopped.
2. The Rapture happened and I missed it.
3. The Rapture was a bust.
If the Rapture failed to arrive as scheduled, I'm kind of disappointed. I'd been looking forward to it -- not so much the Event itself as the world it would leave us, even for a brief, earthquake-rich period.
It might have been a world with shorter lines for movies. And, although I had no data to back me up, I was free to imagine that the entire TSA workforce might have been yanked heavenward, leaving the airlines as the only problem with air travel.
On a more serious level, I thought the post-Rapture world would have been a much less smug place, a place in which negative value judgments and religious exclusion would play greatly reduced roles in social dynamics. A place in which how we live our lives would be more important than how we bend our knees.
Since the Rapture is so selective and the devout of other religions are apparently unworthy of sharing eternity, I was looking forward to a world somewhat richer, statistically speaking, in devout Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Zoroastrians, and most versions of Islam. I kind of hoped, in the short time we'd have left, that we might see how the most positive aspects of those belief systems would color our world.
But it's apparently not to be. The 2011 Rapture can be filed with the Y2K disaster as something subscribed to by the world's slow learners.
So here's my remaining hope. I hope that everyone who bought into this, who consigned the rest of humanity to the flames, will creep out of their houses and into the light of God's new day deeply, deeply embarrassed, if not actually consumed with shame. Shame that they would buy into a deity so vengeful and ignorant and small-minded that it would save a few Elect out of billions of Blameless, and negligently destroy the rest, including the entire beautiful (and probably Primitive-Christianity-free) universe.
They won't of course. They'll just reset their spiritual watches and start counting down again.