Buffy the Vampire Slayer averted a variety of apocalypses during her seven year run on TV. She battled godlings, vampire overlords, even the source of all evil itself. While it’s tempting to credit our continued lack of being apocalypted to Buffy’s influence, (as well as Angel, the vampire with a soul, and possibly even Supernatural’s Winchester brothers) the best answer is almost always the simplest, and there is a much simpler answer to be found here.
It is clear that Harold Camping was correct in his divination of the unknowable date of Judgement Day. Any fool with eyes can see that. So where are our earthquakes, walking dead, and people flying up into the sky without helicopters or even giant slingshots? Well, unless the writers of the book of Revelations were actually looking forward in time and seeing someone’s television, god simply changed his mind and decided humanity wasn’t worth the trouble of exterminating.
Think about it. We don’t know what god’s purpose was in making us, but we do know from the bible that we haven’t really made it all that easy on him. In fact, god has revealed himself as mightily pissed off at the juvenile antics of his creations on more than one occasion. Eternal sin and booting the seminal couple out of paradise, the tower of Babel, the flood, offing his kid, time after time we have taken god’s best efforts and tossed ’em right back in the big guy’s eye. But really, why should he put up with it?
From the amount of pique god reveals in his book, you gotta ask yourself, “If that was me, wouldn’t I just start over again someplace else? Make a new planet of people who aren’t such assholes?” It’d be easy for god. Probably take him a lot less than six days the second run-through too. And we’d have no idea until now, the appointed hour of god’s return and laundry pick-up.
So, given that god has now abandoned you, I’d like to suggest that now is the perfect time to abandon him back. Don’t be one of the thousands of whiners that are actually upset that they didn’t fly away to heaven and leave their family and friends to a horrible and gruesome fate, instead become a Buddhist or a Krishna, or even an HOLEie and leave that god-loser behind. Followers of the House of Liturgical Equanimity are encouraged to find their own potential and explore it to it’s fullest, achieving their own personal apocalypses rather than depending on some “god” to destroy everything for them.
Buffy may stop a few of us, but there’s no way she can get us all.