Thoughts on the world ending

by Published: Dec 18, 2012

A west­ern cul­ture scare
By Jessica Smith, A&E Editor

We’ve all heard—the world is sup­posed to end on December 21, 2012. Some peo­ple are stand­ing on the sides of streets hold­ing signs read­ing, “Repent: The world is going to end” or some­thing along those lines.

But, it’s not going to hap­pen. NASA debunked that myth. According to NASA sci­en­tists, the world will not end in 2012. The planet has been get­ting along just fine for more than four bil­lion years, and cred­i­ble sci­en­tists world­wide know of no threat asso­ci­ated with 2012.

Also, the Mayan cal­en­dar does not end on December 21, 2012. The date sig­ni­fies the end of the Mayan long-count period, but another long count period begins—just like our reg­u­lar calendars.

So, there you have it. The world is not going to end in a few days. We are all going to be just fine. All of this hype about the world end­ing is just our culture’s way of blow­ing things way out of pro­por­tion and try­ing to scare aver­age cit­i­zens. Some “reli­gious” icons even go so far as scam­ming money out of poor souls who believe this end-of-the-world hogwash.

I’m not wor­ried about it, and nobody else should be either. Just like Y2K and other past scares, this is noth­ing but hype. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my break.

Survival plan
By Christa Cwiek, Copy Editor

Talk of the world end­ing on the 21st of this month has been cir­cu­lat­ing. Even my pas­tor jok­ingly made men­tion of it dur­ing his ser­mon on Sunday (reas­sur­ing the con­gre­ga­tion this is sim­ply a myth).

While I don’t believe the world is actu­ally going to end, it has raised some inter­est­ing top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion for my fam­ily. We talked about peo­ple from the National Geographic real­ity show “Doomsday Preppers” and how they have bomb shel­ters filled with nec­es­sary items for sur­vival, such as insulin.

We are in no way a para­noid fam­ily; we don’t have stock­piles of cross­bows and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions hid­den through­out our house. However, it is impor­tant to know what needs to be done in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. What if a bomb det­o­nates in Chicago? Is it best to head due north? With my six imme­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers spread out across five dif­fer­ent cities, if sources of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are down and we don’t have a plan in place, we’re screwed.

If you’re like me and don’t believe the world is going to end like the Mayans proph­e­sized, an emer­gency plan is still needed. As col­lege stu­dents, we need a way to get home to our fam­i­lies to fig­ure out the next steps for survival.

Off the mark
By Rachel Szucs, Copy Editor

As a Christian, I turn to the Bible for truth and insight into the world. Still, many Christians read verses that seem to eerily fore­tell the world we live in now and that the apoc­a­lypse is near. In Matthew 24, Jesus’ dis­ci­ples ask Him for signs of the end of the age. Jesus declares that nations will rise against each other (turn on the news for a quick taste of that) with wars and rumors or wars. Christ speaks of famines and earth­quakes (who could for­get Haiti), and oth­ers com­ing in His name claim­ing to be the Messiah and deceiv­ing the pub­lic as Christ-like fig­ures (everyone’s heard the “Obama is the Anti-Christ the­ory,” not that I believe that). Christ calls the­ses events “the begin­ning of birth pains.”

Yet, one verse is all that’s needed to refute the Doomsday the­ory. Matthew 24:36–39 states, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the com­ing of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, peo­ple were eat­ing and drink­ing, mar­ry­ing and giv­ing in mar­riage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew noth­ing about what would hap­pen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the com­ing of the Son of Man.”

I believe that know­ing the true day that the world will end is impos­si­ble, and that it cer­tainly isn’t December 21. Who knows, maybe it will be December 20 or 22. Wouldn’t that be a hoot? But all I know is, no one knows, and I believe we should live every­day lov­ing like it is our last.

Dec.21 will not be a prob­lem; Jan. 18 of 2038 will be
By Brock Copus, Multimedia Editor

With all this talk about this “Doomsday” com­ing up, I don’t think much of it. I’ll merely appre­ci­ate it for the hilar­ity that is surely to come. But there is a date in the future that could lead to some seri­ous reper­cus­sions: January 18, 2038.
Similar to the wor­ries of Y2K, Y2K38 will involve our vast depen­dence on com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy. But unlike the issues from over a decade ago, this upcom­ing date involves a struc­tural prob­lem with 32-bit tech­nol­ogy; not just lazy cod­ing that only involved two dig­its to denote a year. On such date in 2038 (time depends on the time zone), 32-bit tech­nol­ogy will have an inte­ger over­flow, reset­ting the date inter­nally back to January 1, 1970.

This issue can be reme­died for a lot of tech­nol­ogy by upgrad­ing to a 64-bit sys­tem (where an over­flow date would occur over two bil­lion years from now). But for a lot of tech­nol­ogy, such upgrade is not feasible.

Problems will be seen by such num­ber glitch years before 2038, since many sys­tems load date infor­ma­tion for the near fea­ture, mean­ing its effects will be seen much sooner. And although such “dooms­day” would not lead to a col­lapse of the world as we know it, a much more real­is­tic issue will be sure to pro­vide us with headaches.

End of the world
By Jax Anger, Opinions Editor
I know for a fact that the world will end on Friday because that is the day I am get­ting married.

The world as I know it will cease to exist and a new fam­ily will form in its place. We’re a non-traditional cou­ple, and our Fallout/Doomsday themed wed­ding will be a great mem­ory for the rest of our lives.

As for the world actu­ally ending—I’m not afraid. Rogue mete­ors and solar flares aside, we’re liv­ing on a fairly safe rock astro­nom­i­cally. If the world ends Friday or even tomor­row, I’m at peace know­ing that I’ve lived a great life, I’ve loved and been loved, laughed and been laughed at.

If you’re really that scared of the apoc­a­lypse, it’s prob­a­bly because you’ve done some­thing heinous and your guilt is what’s going to end you. I’m more afraid of snow on my wed­ding day Friday than the world actu­ally ending.

Wait and see
By Mary Benson, Editor in Chief

Goodbye world. As of December 21, 2012, the world is sup­pos­edly com­ing to an end.

I do not believe that the world will actu­ally end; I hope it doesn’t at least. There is still too much to do in my life­time for the world to abruptly be done, but if the world does hap­pen to end, at least I will be sur­rounded by love. That day I will be cel­e­brat­ing the mar­riage of a co-worker for a Doomsday themed wedding.

There have been many con­spir­a­cies about what peo­ple think, and some have gone to the extreme to stock up on food and sup­plies to live for years to come. All this talk just makes you reflect on your life and real­ize all the good and bad has hap­pened for a rea­son. I could not be hap­pier with my life at this moment.

My life has been divine and will con­tinue to be glo­ri­ous if the world does not end. If for some rea­son the Mayans were cor­rect in pre­dict­ing the world to end on this day com­ing soon, life’s been great. I hope to see every­one on the flip side, that being Dec. 22.