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No, the World is not about to end in 2012
Enough of Doomsday prophecies
Why on earth are we warned ever so often that the end of the world is near? Consider just a few of these past predictions:
· The ancient Mayans of South America predicted the world would end in 2012
· Interpretations of the verses written by the16th century French apothecary and seer Nostradamus predict an Apocalypse around the same time
· The Bible is said to have predicted an end in the very near future
· This last half-century has witnessed various predictions of nuclear holocausts
· According to the (self appointed) Doomsday prophet Harold Camping, the world should have come to an end on more than one occasion this last one year
Fortunately for us, our world is not about to throw in the towel any time soon. In fact, there are very many reasons to believe that we are in pretty good shape. Granted we have been causing a great deal of damage to our environment, but consider the following:
· Our main source of energy, the Sun, is estimated to have a life of between five to seven billion more years.
· The state of our astronomy makes it possible to predict that there is no danger in the foreseeable future of the earth being hit by an asteroid or a heavenly body.
· We did suffer from severe angst during the ‘50s and the ‘60s of an all-out nuclear war – but our world leaders today are responsible enough to give us confidence that this would not happen.
· Our intelligence gathering capabilities have improved considerably and our agencies have been doing a great job of preventing nuclear warheads from falling into the hands of terrorists.
· Despite all the strains and stresses in today’s world, our human race is intelligent enough to prevent a self-destructing chain of events to occur.
Just why should we be even thinking about the end of our world when we have barely begun? Our “modern” human race (with developed brains) has been around for around 75,000 years, and we suffered a set back in the last Ice Age. Are we being warned that we may meet the same fate as the extinct Dinosaurs? Well, our 75,000 odd years life span is minuscule compared to the 200 million years that the Dinosaurs dominated the planet until their extinction some 65.5 million years ago. And we have evolved with a much more intelligent brain. So let us use our intelligence and enjoy all that this wonderful planet has to offer us.
We continue to be astonished not just by advances being made to improve our health and well being, but also by what we continue to learn about our past. A few months ago, we learnt about the discovery of a deep fresh water sub-glacial lake some two miles under the frozen ice in the Antarctica. And then came another astonishing announcement of the blooming of a prehistoric plant that has survived some 31,000 years in the permafrost in North Russia. Modern technology made such discoveries possible.
So move over ye Doomsayers – allow us to enjoy life as the world continues to progress with advances in science and technology. Our earth has been around for some 4.5 billion years, and will last until it burns out with the sun. And there will be many more discoveries without the distraction of the world coming to an end. The Doomsday preppers (those who are preparing for the end of the world) are turning the Apocalypse into a hobby. They should best be left to themselves – we have many more important things to do.