blood moon
blood moon
Credit: Muhammad Iqbal Dar

 

Sunday night’s lunar eclipse, referred to as a “blood moon” for the way the moon appears crimson as it is eclipsed by the earth’s shadow, was a beautiful thing to behold. Let’s hope you all got to see it, because another one won’t happen again until 2033.

 

Some people, however, thought that the celestial event was a sign of the end of days. Author and prepping advocate Julie Rowe was a leader in that camp.

 

Julie claims she had a near-death experience several years ago in which she was shown a vision of things to come, including several calamities that would signal the end of the world as we know it. She wrote a couple of books about her experience and went around promoting her works and telling people that doomsday was fast approaching.

 

Among other things, Julie said that we would all soon be living in tents and that Sunday’s blood moon marked the beginning of the end. She said it would coincide with a major financial crisis and that there would be a major earthquake in or around Utah on Monday.

 

Well, Julie, it’s Tuesday and we are all still here. Yesterday, the day you said the shake-up would commence, was about the most boring news day in recent memory. No financial collapse. No earthquake. No fire and brimstone.

 

So what now?

 

For most of us, life will go on as it always has, with good days and bad days. For Julie, she says she is stepping out of the public spotlight and spending time with her loved ones. But here’s the problem: Julie went around promoting her books and telling people that the world was going to end. A lot of people, driven by fear, took her seriously and stepped up their prepping. There were even reports that prepping stores in and around Utah were selling out of everything over the past few weeks.

 

Is it possible that Julie took advantage of preppers’ fears and made a profit off of it through her book sales? If so, shouldn’t she apologize for the things she predicted/prophesied and for making a profit through fear-mongering?

 

Julie’s own church—the Mormon church—issued a statement saying that people should not read her tales as church doctrine. It encouraged people to prepare for life’s ups and downs such as natural disasters, sickness, or loss of a job, but not to prep like the world will end.

 

And really, that’s what true prepping is all about. It’s not about hoarding years’ worth of supplies, food and weapons for Armageddon. It’s about being ready for a rainy day, getting through a few months of unemployment, or surviving the weeks-long aftermath of a flood or hurricane. It’s about being smart, not about being afraid.

 

Julie Rowe isn’t the first to make a name for herself by claiming to know when the end of the world will be and what it will entail. She won’t be the last. So far, no such individual has been right in their prophecies. What they have done, unfortunately, is exploited people’s fear and satiated their craving for revelation. How sad for her and the people who believed her.

 

Keep prepping. Do it wisely. And when the cosmos treats us to a magnificent display, soak it in with wonder and excitement. Don’t let Julie Rowe or anyone else make you fear it.

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