2012: End of Days?

Updated: November 26, 2012


By Antonio Aguilar

It’s almost here, the end of the world according to the Mayans apparently. Every channel I turn on has some mention of 2012, even in the commercials. Somehow I’m not buying in to it though. I’m not stockpiling food and weapons (not that there is anything wrong with that) and I’m certainly not investing in a bunker out in the middle of nowhere so that I can live off the grid.

Of course I have guns in my house, but that’s because I’m from Texas, ‘Murica, not because I’m expecting roving bands of starving people fleeing some polar shift or earth rotational change. I have a few other things around the house for safety sake in case something happens, but that’s more because I’ve lived through extensive power outages before and I want my family to be as comfortable as possible if there’s a huge ice storm that shuts things down for a few days.

Why am I not scared? Well, first of all, it’s not worth my time to be. Really, if the worst case scenario happened, I don’t think any amount of preparation would do much good. I would have to be living in a blast proof bunker in the heart of a mountain with food for a hundred years piled up to even feel half way safe if the world was coming to an end. Who has the money to buy into something like that? Any look at human society over the years will tell you that even something like that won’t always work. War is part of human nature so I’m sure that even small bunker communities could create problems for themselves all on their own without any help from the rest of the world.

Thanks to Wikipedia and personal experience, I know that humanity has expected the end many times over. The Romans thought that A.D. 634 was the end since they had a myth surrounding twelve eagles representing ten years each and 634 was the 120 year anniversary of Rome’s founding. It sounds very similar to the Mayan’s thirteen eras. Ever since the book of Revelation was written, Christians have tried to figure out when the events of it were happening, and we’ve apparently passed all of those several times over (never mind Jesus telling his apostles that not even he knew when he would return). Charles Manson sits in prison still, though the end of the world began in 1969 according to him. The Jehovah’s Witnesses put that date in 1975 so maybe there was something going on in the Hippie era (or maybe it was just the bad acid). Nostradamus put it a little closer to the current era, and even pinned down July of 1999 as being the end. I can’t remember what I was doing back then, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t dodging meteors and tidal waves. Let’s not forget that somehow the grid is still up after Y2K, though so many people thought that it would go down and aircraft would fall right out of the sky.

Ah well, I’m not old enough to have been around for the apocalyptic events of the Counter Culture, but I lived through Nostradamus’ 1999, and Y2K, and all the other little ones that people though would end the world like the Large Hadron Collider. Nation of Islam and Ugandan predictions didn’t end us since then either. The world goes on and I’m sure we’ll see some new prediction on the morning of December 22, 2012 explaining how their math was off and the Nazca Lines actually put the end of the world somewhere in the next decade; or some mystical, undiscovered planet of the Sumerians will be making another pass near Earth a year after that. Who knows? As long as people like to be scared then there will be people to make money off of that fear. Me, I think I’ll just roll with the punches and get ready for the real apocalypse. The zombies are coming folks.





  1. JMC

    November 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    LOL! The whole article is really pretty serious, but then you toss in that one-liner at the end. Awesome!

    Even Bible scholars have been telling us for ages that we’re living in the end times, but I’ve noticed something seriously different this time: This time, the Catholic Church has gotten on that bandwagon. Throughout history, the Catholic Church has told everyone not to panic, since no prediction of the time of the Second Coming can ever be accurate – exactly because of what you pointed out: Even Jesus Himself doesn’t know. But He did give us signs to watch for, and two successive Popes have now said that those signs are here. But that doesn’t mean that the end will come tomorrow, next week, or even within the next decade.

    When the real end of the world finally does come, not even living in a bunker in the heart of a mountain is going to be provide any kind of safety. When the world ends, it ENDS, and every living thing on it will be kaput. Now that’s not to say one shouldn’t be prepared for the “little” disasters that will periodically happen between now and then; preparedness is part of why no one died during, or in the afternmath of, Hurricane Hugo in 1989. But I’m with you: There’s no sense fretting about it.

  2. anestor aguilar

    November 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    well as far as i know i like the article of course my son wrote it. but i do know that when there is peace ALL OVER THE WORLD and i mean all over, where there wont be any fighting or war but peace. then its when we have to be ready. Jesus said it.

  3. defensor fortissimo

    November 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Also the Mayans did not use the Gregorian calendar or daylight savings. The world was supposed to end back in February.

  4. GunnerOnASpooky

    November 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Bring on the zombies

  5. Indian medicine

    December 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    “Fear Mongers” make money off your Fear !

    This includes the practice of creating a “Bogey Man”, & you Pay Protection Money to the Creator of the “Phobia”.

    You ever think, When One Door Closes, Another Opens?

    One Day you will have to Exit that Bunker; & what ever contaminated atmosphere there is – you will have to deal with it as well as your Family.

    What ever happens, just hope it is quick where your not a Prisoner of your own doing.

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