Will the world end? Who cares?

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Tim Ajmani

The Corsair

I’ve lived in the Pensacola area for about a year and a half. I’d be lying if I said that it’s no different than Virginia and Georgia. The Pensacola area culture is something that is quite unique from the other communities I’ve lived in. However, despite living in a third different state, one thing hasn’t changed: people still talk about the theories involving the year 2012. I drive through Pensacola, Pace, and Milton on a daily basis. I’ve always seen a couple people per week holding up a signs that plead for everyone to repent their sins because of ending-of-the-world possibility.

The main theory says the world will end sometime (the exact date is highly debated) in December 2012. How exactly the end of the world could come about is another issue. Some theorists have speculated polar reversal, alien invasion, another mass extinction, and several others. The key here is “speculation”. No one on this planet knows if the world will end in December. And to these theorists, I have some strong words for you: Stop it.

The universe is unpredictable. Life is unpredictable. We never know what tomorrow holds for us. Suppose of this hypothetical situation: The world is going to end tomorrow, and everyone knows it will happen. What would our streets be like right now? It would be complete anarchy. The Darwin theory of “survival of the fittest” would apply to every single one of us. Whenever I drive by people that hold signs proclaiming the end, I shake my head. What exactly is their point?

There is simply nothing we can do if situations in our universe dictate the demise of our civilization. I don’t like to be particularly critical with people who have strong beliefs on a particular topic, but I can’t help it.  Trying to over-dramatize about something that may or may not happen, in which we have no control over, is nonsensical. I strongly advise to those theorists and people on the street spreading the rumors to get on with their lives.

The world might end. It might not. Who knows? I don’t. And I’m pretty sure that I won’t be worrying about it.