Students debate apocalyptic end
Jared Evans | Collegio Reporter
Michael Bouray says he isn’t concerned about the predicted end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012
“I’ve lived through several ‘end of the world’ prophecies by now. Y2K was a fun one. What’s one more?” sai
d Bouray, freshman in history. “If it happens, that’s great. If it doesn’t happen, then that’s even better.”
Dec. 21 is reportedly the end of the Mayan calendar year. One modern interpretation of this date is that it marks the start of time in which Earth and everyone who lives here will take on a new, positive way of life, as 2012 marks the beginning of a new era.
A more popular version suggests that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar apocalyptic catastrophe. There have been countless prophesized doomsdays throughout history, a number of which came from the Christian belief in the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of the world, or Armageddon, that follows. The modern Mayan calendar theme is not related, and most of these predictions have gained no real notoriety.
The numerous proposed doomsdays create a greater skepticism in people, like Joshua Cooper.
“There’s really no way to tell when it will happen, and I don’t think anyone knows for sure when it will or if it will at all,” said Cooper, freshman in construction management. “It could be any minute, but the thing about next month doesn’t sound right to me. If it does happen in December, I’m going to have to end things on a good note.”
Most people share the same opinion. However, several groups of people are preparing for the worst. The subject of the end of the world is nothing new and there is even a genre of television shows and movies on the subject, featuring civilians successfully predicting the end, or looking like fools in the process.
Jacob Geither says he thinks it won’t happen, although he will still prepare for it.
“I have a strong feeling that we are going to live through it,” said Geither, freshman in construction management. “But just in case it does actually happen this time, I’ll try to prepare myself to either die or start over.”