Since the dawn of time mankind has been predicting our demise as a race. We are fascinated by catastrophic scenarios that wipe out life as we know it. End of the world storylines sell tickets whether it’s aliens coming to destroy us or a mutated super virus gone rogue. From Lord of the Rings to Superman it seems that doom equals dollars.
Beyond literature and film we have the constant predictions for the end of days by a plethora of spiritual leaders. Seems everyone has a theory from the new age crystal crowd to the hard core Bible thumper. Some sites are full of dire predictions and panicked warnings to prepare or die. They offer helpful lists and survival tips for your ensured continuance.
Others, like endworld2012.com offer perhaps less helpful tools… like a free downloadable countdown timer. If the world is ending will you be watching a countdown widget? Even NASA gets in on the discussion with helpful Q&A Faq’s like 2012: Beginning of the End.
Lately it’s been all about asteroid 2012 DA14, predicted by many to be the latest greatest disaster of all time. Set to collide on February 15, 2013, it’s sure to put a damper on next years wine and roses. Will this hunk of space rock really spark the next D-day after V-day? Theories run wild from certain mass destruction to it’s no big deal folks.
Imminent destruction is not all sour apples tho. Some find it humorous, like cracked.com’s Surviving The End of the World: What We’ve Learned From Movies or this video on CollegeHumor.com (Note: M+17 rating for Mature Audiences). You can purchase special doomsday clothing from Cafepress, read possible doomsday headlines and even enjoy a refreshing Drank Island Time, the official beverage for the End of the World. Want to practice post apocalyptic afterlife? You can play games like the popular Fallout series or post-apocalyptic action/adventure I Am Alive by Ubisoft.
Whether you find a global expiration date humorous, worrisome or don’t really care it’s hard to escape its mention. Personally, I don’t see any reason to worry about something I can’t control. If the last day hits tomorrow I’m sure I will be doing the same thing I do on non disaster days: spend time with those I love and blog about it.
My end of days advice? Live life with no regrets and don’t worry.