According to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, two percent of Americans think there’s truth to the rumors that the world will end in December, 2012.
That’s both the good news and the bad news here. It’s reassuring to know that 98 out of every 100 Americans has dismissed the ridiculous notion that ancient Mayans were able to accurate foretell the end of the world — a crock of B.S. that even contemporary Mayans don’t believe. It’s a good indication that December 21, 2012 will pass with few, if any, stories of people doing really dumb things, like spending all their savings on an end-of-the-world party, under the mistaken belief that they won’t have to face any earthly consequences for their actions.
It’s also incredibly pathetic to think about the fact that two out of every 100 Americans actually believe that nonsense. Odds are that someone you know, perhaps someone in your family, is expecting to be wiped off the face of the planet in the next few weeks.
Equally staggering, if not more so, is the statistic that 15 percent of Americans believe the end of the world, as foretold by the Book of Revelations, will occur during their lifetimes.
Interestingly — and definitely not coincidentally — the survey found that college graduates are four times less likely to believe in “end times” scenarios.
Hmm… could it be that we should follow the lead of our most educated citizens? The people at NASA are pretty smart — they just landed a rover on freakin’ Mars, after all — and they recently posted a full FAQ about why the world isn’t going to end any time soon.
Nah… them NASA folks with that there book learnin’ is just ign’ant. They can’t see that God is punishin’ us for the sins of alls of us. Let’s head over to Walmart and buy some Budweiser and fireworks — we’s going out with a bang!