Editorial: The end of days is nigh!

By Gauntlet Editorial Board

This whole 2012 apocalypse thing is just plain stupid. It’s a waste of time and if anyone actually spends their time thinking about it, it’s because they’re fatalistic, whiny babies.

There will always be a doomsday theory. There was Y2K that didn’t quite pan out, and the hype behind it was insane. But guess what happened? Life went on. So what makes people think this will be any different? Dec. 21 is just another fear-filled narrative. 

Reputable scientific groups who have analyzed the possibilities of the world ending on Dec. 21 have found no evidence to support the doomsday claims. The 2012 end-of-the-world prophecy is based entirely on blind faith, speculation and hype rather than objective data.

People have built an entire apocalypse theory around an ancient calender that ends on Dec. 21. It’s shocking that, in this day and age, people can still be so naive and full of useless fears from nothing. In fact, the Mayans never said anything about the world ending — it’s just the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. 

“The Maya don’t have an apocalyptic prophecy at all,” said University of Calgary assistant professor of archaeology Kathryn Reese-Taylor, who specializes in ancient Maya. “That is something that we in our society have picked up on and elaborated.”

NASA has recently posted an entire list debunking every single claim of the earth’s annihilation this month. “The world will not end in 2012,” reported NASA. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.” Everything — from solar flares wiping out our electricity, planets colliding with the Earth, global flooding and the poles reversing — has been discredited. Others say nuclear war, an alien invasion, a zombie apocalypse or a global takeover by the demons of hell is what will wipe us out. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life Institute has also said there is absolutely nothing to worry about. 

Panic is beginning to set in as groups of credulous people around the world are stockpiling resources and getting ready to hide in their basements. Religious groups are planning mass exoduses to promised lands and places of worship. Even celebrities, like Mel Gibson, are telling people to prepare themselves for the worst.

What’s worse is that people can’t think for themselves on the subject. Paranoia increases when the media pumps out useless, delirium-filled crap. People are good at letting their imaginations get the better of them. And, yes, one day the world will end, but not on Dec. 21, 2012. It will just be another day, which is lucky for students who would have spent their last days on earth cramming for exams.

The word ‘apocalypse’ in Greek literally means to uncover or reveal something hidden. Perhaps what will happen on Dec. 21 is a new revelation in knowledge. There’s no doubt that things are changing in the world. We are currently going through a huge digital revolution, we are in the midst of a massive economic downturn, global warming is deteriorating Arctic sea ice faster than ever and the threat of war is always present. But, does this mean the end of days is near? Not by a long shot. Maybe the apocalypse scare will just be a motivation for us to actually achieve a new year’s resolution that improves our current circumstances. Hopefully the doomsday bullshit will be a long overdue reality check.

It’s the holiday season after all, and there’s no better time than now to make amends, to tell people you love them and to spend time with friends and family — but when is doing these things bad? Never. Just live your lives the way you want to, and if there is an Armageddon, then we’ll all see each other in hell.

Happy holidays! 

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