“I [don’t] Believe it All is Coming to an End”

I have always been hesitant to believe the terrifying theory of the 2012 apocalypse, which many people, including Lil Wayne, accept. I never truly examined the facts that point towards this apocalypse; rather, I chose to pretend the entire theory did not exist. When I started to read articles on this theory, however, I came across several men who offer reasons for believing, and ideas for surviving, the apocalypse – Dennis McClung, Patrick Geryl, and Lawrence Joseph.

Geryl, who has approximately 16 followers, believes that the 2012 apocalypse is coming based on the end of the Mayan calendar, the ancient Egyptian theory that big change will come to the world in 2012, and science. Both he and Joseph, who has written two books on the 2012 apocalypse, believe that the increase in sunspots and sun flares (a NASA prediction for the year of 2012) will lead to the collapse of power grids and satellites. Joseph also believes that Global Warming, drought, plagues, and famine will lead to this apocalypse. McClung, who works for Home Depot, does not firmly believe in this theory. However, he does recognize the ending of the Mayan calendar as a possible basis for the theory, and he feels that one should be prepared for the apocalypse, in case it does occur.

McClung even runs an online store, which sells supplies needed to survive the 2012

Freeze Dried Food that McClung sells

apocalypse, such as freeze dried food. Geryl, on the other hand, plans to buy land that is in the African mountains. He believes these mountains are tall enough to not be engulfed by the major tidal waves that are bound to occur during the apocalypse. He also spends his time gathering seeds, dust masks, and water purification devices to use after the apocalypse. In order to rebuild the world, he believes that only a small population of people should repopulate the earth, since he believes that overcrowding is a huge issue in today’s society. Joseph, however, believes that if the American government focuses on increasing the efficiency of power grids, the apocalypse can be prevented.

Joseph, in fact, is the most credible of the three men. This is due to the fact that he develops his argument based on science and has written two books on the apocalypse—Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation Into Civilization’s End and Aftermath: A Guide to Preparing For and Surviving Apocalypse 2012. McClung possesses credibility when it comes to running his online store, for he works at Home Depot. Hence, he has therefore been exposed to survival supplies. Geryl’s credibility is bolstered by the fact that he his arguments are based on science and the Mayan calendar. However, his credibility is undermined when he makes the remark, “[my predictions] are so spectacular, they can’t possibly be wrong,” because this remark demonstrates that he is full of himself. It also demonstrates that he has more faith in his own predictions than he has in the theories of the Mayan calendar and science.

While each of these men’s theories startled and worried me about the 2012 apocalypse, I am actually less worried about it than I was before reading their theories. This is because, in doing my research, I came across many professors who do not believe in the apocalypse. Professor Stephen Houston of Brown University, who is a Mayan hieroglyphic specialist, claims that in actuality, the Mayans did not believe that the world would end when their calendar ends; rather, they believe that the calendar will simply start anew. Professor John Hall, who is writing a book on apocalyptic ideas and their history, believes that the belief in the apocalypse demonstrates society’s fear, which has evolved from terrorism and natural disasters. Thus, I am not at all concerned with the supposed 2012 apocalypse. However, if I did know the world was definitely ending in December of 2012, I would drop out of college and visit Australia, Greece, Paris, Hawaii, Aruba, Mexico, and Rio de

An aerial view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Janeiro, Brazil. Basically, I would visit the world and live my life to the fullest, which is something I have difficulty doing in the present.

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