While I was out and about on Saturday with the lovely and our friends, we had a good hearty chuckle about this end of the world business. We eagerly awaited the raptor after the beer festival, while lounging by a pool. Unfortunately, even with their cleverness and apparent ability to use door handles, the poor dinosaur would have needed a key card to get in. It's a good thing he didn't waste his time showing up.
Now, this isn't to say we were mocking the people who woke up Sunday and realized they would need to rebuild their lives, more or less from scratch because this wasn't the case. We laughed about ourselves and joked about how we were planning on being left behind anyway. When the hour came and went, none of us were really surprised or relieved. However, during our day we did discuss the unfaltering belief some people have in doomsday/rapture/end of the world prophecies and the big one, you know the one, Winter Solstice 2012, came up.
This is one that in my younger days, I was incredibly scared of. I had no idea what significance the Mayan calendar had nor an understanding of what a period of great change could mean. Add to that some folks spouting that it's going to be the time of Armageddon, the return of Christ, the (next) date of Rapture and what's a teenager to do but worry? And continue that worry into their early 20's when friends of theirs are saying they just know it's true and that's when the world will end. But, here I am in my late 20's, with different friends, some research of my own and a husband who lived in Honduras for over 2 years and studied Mayan culture, religion, etc while there and afterward and I'm not worried about the world ending. If I'm wrong and it does, well then I was wrong. There's no sense to me in worrying about it and living the remainder of my days in fear.
I said as much while we were snacking away on pizza and having a laugh and one of our friends got deadly quiet. For a moment I was worried I had offended him somehow, but I hadn't. He said he's not worried that the world will end either, but he's worried about the panic and paranoia of others who do think that date will be the end. He's worried people who think the world will cease to exist on December 21nd will go on a spree of crime, looting and violence since there will be no one left to hold them accountable afterward. He's planning on taking time off work and holing up in his house with his wife, food, water and weapons just to be on the safe side.
I was completely shocked and a bit baffled. More so when my own husband said he had been considering the effects such a widespread and well known prophecy might have on people, and was thinking about defenses as well. People believed strongly that Y2K would happen and the world would end, it was well known and widespread and I don't recall any looting or pillaging happening. I was unarmed, at a party when it was supposed to happen and I made it safely into the new year. I don't see how this is different, but they think that it will be. Now, a few days later, I'm wondering if they have a point.
So my friends, I ask you. What are your thoughts on Doomsday prophecies in general? What about this big one in 2012? Are you concerned about people running rampant, about defending your home? I'm curious to see what others think, especially after that conversation.
P.S. I'll be back with photos from the weekend and some more cheery stuff either later today or tomorrow.