End-of-world predictions put life at Fairmont in perspective

End-of-world predictions put life at Fairmont in perspective

By Brad Steel, Editorial Assistant

It’s the end of the world. Or, the beginning of the end of the world at least. According to some, Dec. 21, 2012, is the day we will all be swallowed up by a black hole or burned alive. Thank goodness the school year started two weeks early so we could get our exams in before we all die.

That’s right, Dec. 21, 2012, ironically, is the last day of the first semester. Meeting the goals mentioned in my Relationships for Life class suddenly becomes a lot easier when you only have four months to live. On the other hand, using triple elimination to solve complex matrices seems a little useless when you’re trying to outrun falling asteroids.

Dec. 21, 2012, attracted apocalyptic attention because it’s the last date recorded in the 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan calendar. Some interpret that to mean that the Mayans didn’t expect the Earth to be around on Dec. 22.

A whole lot of people have had their own predictions on how the world was supposed to end. Whether it be all the computers shutting down simultaneously or a holy war that will engulf the world in turmoil (and fire, don’t forget the fire), there seem to be limitless possibilities on how the world could potentially end.

“Dinosaurs are going to come back from the dead,” said Fairmont senior Tyler Woodside. “They’re going to eat all of us.” But not all are convinced by Woodside’s Jurassic Park-style apocalypse.

Fairmont sophomore Alex Holdeman said that the sun will blow up, which has been a common (however common end-of-the-world predictions can get) belief among predictors.

While it’s difficult to protect yourself from the 10,000-degree temperatures of the sun, some students say they still plan to prepare for the end of the world. “I’m going hide in a cave with a bunch of supplies,” said Fairmont junior Caitlin Sinks.

However, others appear to be coping well with the possibility of dying horrifically within the next four months. “If it ends, it ends,” said Fairmont senior Olivia Teleha. “I’m not going to build a fortress or do stupid stuff.”

Some reports indicate another piece of the Mayan calendar was found in Guatemala,  and that this one went far beyond 2012. This, however, doesn’t change the Mayan notion that Dec. 21, 2012, is supposed to be a day of spiritual enlightenment or physical transformation, but it does give a more optimistic view for Winter Break.

If the Mayans were predicting the end of the world, they weren’t the first. And it would be surprising if they were the last.

If the Earth can survive Y2K, the Rapture, 6/6/06, and The Rapture again, it seems less likely that a Pre-Columbian tribal society (no matter how intelligent) successfully predicted the end of the world and more likely they ran out of writing room.