May 3rd, 2012 14:21 EST
Shock Poll: 15 Percent Of People Worldwide Believe End Of The World Is Nigh
"Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll.
The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world."
Global Public Affairs, which conducted the poll, is a respected organization, but I believe that the percentage of people who believe the world will end soon is much higher.
In days gone by it was difficult to visualize the End of the World, but this generation has seen nuclear proliferation, learned about global warming, and has been taught in school that a giant rock from space wiped out the dinosaurs.
I can imagine anything from a baby black hole created in CERN or a terrorist nuclear attack setting off a chain reaction that destroys our little blue planet.
Many people don`t just believe that the world will end soon, they fervently hope that it will. Born-again Christians witness what they perceive to be the spread of ungodliness and, promiscuity, and they long for the Almighty to cleanse the Earth with fire and brimstone. Some Shiite Muslims, including perhaps the leaders of Iran, dream of triggering Armageddon to prepare the way for the 12th Imam.
Then there are some secular folks who witness the glorification of ignorance, materialism, violence and greed in our popular culture, and despair of life.
If the world ends of Dec. 21, 2012 maybe it won`t be such a bad thing if it means the end of corrupt politicians, pedophile priests, bimbo celebs, and the mindless masses.
However, I don`t dream nihilist dreams. I hope I wake up on December 22, 2012 and the sun will still be shining, and birds will still be singing.
As long as I can feel the warmth of the sun on my neck, I can put up with the insanity and chaos of this world.
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