Decoding the doomsday

By Lindsey Jackson · Thursday, December 6, 2012
Every so often I find myself having a conversation about doomsday, known by many as Dec. 21, 2012. I started hearing about doomsday about six years ago. I don’t know if it is because I was searching for a meaning to life at that time, or if doomsday was breaking into media. The date is approaching. Why not talk about it one more time.

I hear mixed messages. Some people think doomsday equals the end of the world, while others believe it signifies big changes. The History Channel, A&E and all those cable channels now have shows dedicated to how people are preparing for or planning on recovering from doomsday.

But will doomsday really happen, and what does it really mean?

From what I gather, doomsday is a term given to the end of time. Doomsday is also a comic book character, the name of many bands and a 2008 movie. Many religious groups have ideas about what will happen at the end.

The Dec. 21, 2012, so-called doomsday is actually the end of the ancient Mayan calendar. I use so-called because what I find is every religion has its own doomsday, just like most religions have their own higher-being.

My personal opinion on doomsday is there is no way of knowing. A volcano could erupt, we could go to war, the ocean could cover us, aliens might eat us, many things could happen.

For all I know, the end of time could signify something pleasant. From now on, I will refer to Dec. 21, 2012, and any other religious end as... Pleasantday.
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