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Home arrow Opinion arrow Jeff Petersen: ON SECOND THOUGHT arrow The end of the world


The end of the world

Is the end of the world in sight? Or will the apocalyptic loonies put us on hold waiting for the next available representative?

Do you think the Mayan calendar’s ending Dec. 21, 2012, will cause the world to implode in some weird apocalypse? Or do you see the cycles turning over and starting again?


Might you still get to Item 13 on the 100-item Bucket List  — dropping a flower into the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo — before you die?

Did you worry when Jerry Falwell predicted the second coming to occur no later than 2009?

Lots of questions. And according to some doomsday aficionados, not much time to find answers.

Welcome to 2011, everyone.

If the world is ending in two years, should we get off the diet rollercoaster and live on Junior Mints, Cheez Whiz and fried bologna?

Should we hurry up and add a woman to the five o’clock-shadow faces of Mount Rushmore?

Should we drink a lot of microbeers, get microdrunk and go into microrecovery?

Should we escape voice-mail hell and get right with God?

Is that the voice of God we’re hearing? Or the voice-of-God tones of the anchorman? Do we need to turn off the TV for a national moment of silence?

If the apocalyptic loonies are right, and civilization does take a bellyflop, we need to be prepared.

We need to spend the next two years yelling back at the street corner racists with the megaphones.

We need to chew out the cigarette butt tossers.

We need to quit worrying whether the universe is 13 billion or 6,000 years old and start cleaning up the mess in our own backyard.

Time is wasting, people.

There’s no time for annoying little chores around home.

We don’t have time to noodle about doing yardwork or putter aimlessly in our shop.

With less than two years until M-Day, bigger issues demand our attention.

And I don’t mean scratching our heads over Nevada Area 51’s spooky goings-on or nuclear Armageddon.

If the loonies are correct, we don’t have much time to win the wars on drugs, poverty, terrorism and overpopulation and to solve the health care and housing crisis.

But here’s the crux. When Dec. 21, 2012, comes and goes, just like Y2K and all sorts of weird events did before it, we will breathe a collective sigh of relief and get on with winning our wars.

Life cycles will start again. And when they do, we will be in a good position to continue ticking off items on our Bucket Lists.

The Grand Canyon awaits.

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