The end of the world as we know it

Posted on March 16, 2011


The 2012 phenomenon has probably crossed your lips at some stage. If you are unfamiliar, it is the large range of predictions and theories surrounding the end of the world or the ultimate destiny of humanity. Relax, this is not a list of all the scientific and ancient theologies explaining why you should believe in the end of the world at 2012.

Why is this my first (very morbid) blog post? Simply because it came up at the dinner table. Do I believe that 2012 will be the last year for the Earth? I don’t know. It did get me thinking however, what if? If it is true, then have I accomplished everything I wanted to before that dreaded day comes? (Starts furiously writing list of to-do’s)

Sadly, it is not even a quarter close to the truth. Many of us have such big plans but how do we accomplish them before it’s too late? Or is it ever too late? Have you left your mark on the world?

A friend of mine once told me to stop, live your life one traffic light to the next. It’s a quote that’s always stuck in my head. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy all the good things life has to offer. Even if you are having the worst day in the world, you should be able to think of one thing that makes you happy. One thing that makes everything worth it.

The end of the world may come, and you may want to do all these fantastic things but the most important thing is that you live. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives.

Eschatology is what we’re talking about. The fancy word for the end times. The most famous is based on the Mayan calendar;

Mayan calendar – The Mayan people were highly advanced according to research and their calendar was more precise than ours. It ends on December 21st 2012. Some believe that it signifies the end of the world by cataclysmic events and the beginning of a new age. There is a great deal of science behind it, that the sun and planets are lining up with the centre of the Milky Way which could cause major disturbances on the Earth such as volcano eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes and mega earthquakes that we are starting to see a lot more of.

Anyway, the purpose of this article wasn’t to gather up all the theories and suspicions of 2012 but rather a self-evaluation. It reminded me that life certainly is short and we cannot take it for granted. Grudges, animosity, rivalry, envy, greed is not worth a cent in the end. I need to focus on being the best person I can be, whether the world ends or not. There is simply not enough time for anything else.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. — John Ruskin

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