June 15, 2024

Reinforce your umbrellas and batten down the hatches, the storm’s a-comin.

Yes, I’m talking about Dec. 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar and, in the minds of many conspiracy theorists, the end of the world. The countdown has begun – we have 18 days left.

Is this the end of the world? Or, will it be Y2K all over again? It can’t be, I’m too young to die. Where’s John Cusack when you need him?

I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade – although, that is what doomsayers are expecting – but nothing’s going to happen. People have been predicting the end since the beginning.

The human mind, as warped as it is, has some strange fixation on global disaster. Predicting the end of the world seems to be the unspoken eighth commandment for many religious groups, just look at Harold Camping.

A Christian broadcaster, Camping first predicted the end of the world to be May 21, 2011. He warned the public in multiple cities via billboards but the globe continued to spin. He then predicted the apocalypse to be Oct. 21, 2011. Heck, you can figure it out, we’re all still here.

Man, that Kool-Aid might look inviting, but it’s a little strong.

The world won’t end in an instant, but we’re already on our way out. Think about it – global warming, overpopulation, depleting resources, war, famine, disease and another season of Survivor – we can’t go on like this.

According to the World Population Balance, an organization worried about sustainable population, we are currently using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth is producing. The West, specifically the U.S. and Canada, are exceeding 50 per cent; no wonder we’re considered the western devil.

How do we correct ourselves? Come now, isn’t it obvious – quit having children, quit polluting, eat less, share more, make everyone conscious of humanity’s downward spiral and take Jeff Probst off the air.