So why are people worried about the "End of the World"?
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Join Date: Nov 2012
12-22-2012, 12:19 PM
First off, let's start with arguing this statement:
Originally Posted by
As to life after death
it has to
It does not have to. In fact, it makes just as much sense to say it doesn't exist. Because if we have some life force, where is it? In which part of the body does it reside? Why can we not detect it? There is no fundamental law of the universe which states "living things must have some mystical life force." Your thoughts and the way you think is based upon how the different regions of your brain are interconnected. There is no reason to say "There must be some life force inside us all." Although, just to be clear, I'm not saying that it is impossible either. I'm only saying that it is possible to explain life without some unknown factor.
On the topic of why people are obsessed with the end of the world, there are a number of reasons.
1: Ignorance & Fear - People don't know how everything works. We might think we do, but we don't. And people are afraid of what they don't understand. They don't understand how the Mayans, an ancient and comparatively primitive people, could make an accurate calendar so long ago. Therefore they think the Mayans have some special understanding of the universe, because they don't understand it. They also don't understand how the long-run calendar works. They don't really know the Mayan myths, so they jump to conclusions. The 13th baktun, (i.e. cycle of the long-run calendar) which is what 2012 is, is not supposed to mean the world will end. The original stories only say that some significant changes will begin to occur.
2: Reality - The world WILL end. Perhaps not today, or tomorrow, or a thousand years from now. But eventually, it must end. Whether it be during the sun's final stages, a large rock hurtling into the planet, an alien attack, or ourselves, eventually the Earth must be destroyed. The fact that it was created at some point in time mandates this. Since it had a beginning, it must have an ending. Ultimately, everything that we know must end. Our solar system, our galaxy, perhaps even our universe, will one day cease to exist. This scares people. They don't like it. I don't like it either, but it's reality. Nothing can last forever, and that's just the way it is.
Also before you rage at me screaming "You're wrong!!!" keep in mind this is solely my opinion, based on the facts that I know and what I believe to be true. Look these things up for yourselves and believe what you like, but don't try to convince me I'm wrong. You won't be able to do it, just like I cannot convince you to believe what I believe.