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Preparing for the beginning of the endPosted Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 12:24 PM
Recently I noticed the Christmas ads have already started to hit the airwaves. And it set me to pondering ...
Seems there are those who think the world as we know it will end this December.
--One of the early civilizations of the western hemisphere -- the Mayans I believe (thanks Laura) -- predicted that an earth ending cataclysm will come about on December 21, 2012 -- presumably ushering in the end of the world.
--One of the most prolific writers and mouthpiece's for the group some call the Illuminati has written a script for the end of the world, what he called the "day of destruction" that states the end will come on December 12, 2012 -- purging the world and making way for a new earth.
--The ancient Egyptians reportedly saw 2012 as a year of great change, too.
--NASA has predicted a sharp increase in the number of sunspots and sun flares for 2012, which may cause electrical failures and satellite disruptions.
Actually, thousands of people worldwide seem to be preparing, in one way or another, for a dramatic change in this world just prior to Christmas 2012. Reportedly, numerous survival groups exist in Europe, Canada and across the United States. And they are building momentum and gaining followers every day.
Thousands -- or maybe millions -- are hoarding nonperishable food items, bottled water, and guns and ammunition in preparation for the coming apocalypse. Some have built -- or are building -- underground bunkers complete with intricate ventilation systems and a six-month supply of food and water for four people. (I wonder what will happen after six months -- or if they have five or six people "drop in" unexpectedly for a protracted dinner?)
And what about all those zombies? And the killer bees? And the uncontrolled increase in the number of feral hogs roaming the land? And the asteroids? And the alignment of the planets? And the upcoming presidential elections?
All I can say is not knowing where the beginning of the end may originate can drive you crazy!
Anyway, back to my original premise ... Like it or not, Christmas is fast approaching.
So I ask you -- how might all of this end-of-the-world stuff effect the profits for retail establishments this year? After all, Christmas, it seems, is their biggest time of year. I guess they'll still have time for the "Day-After-Thanksgiving" sales. (But where does that leave those of us who traditionally wait until Christmas Eve to go Christmas shopping? After all, it's not "Halloween Shopping" or "Thanksgiving Shopping" -- it's "Christmas Shopping." Why do it before Christmas?)
But I digress ....
I suppose retailers and creators of decorations and makers of cards and holiday event organizers and reindeer farms and elves and Santa impersonators around the world should press on as if nothing extraordinary or end-of-the-world-ish or apocalyptic is going to happen. What do they have to lose? (Unless, of course, zombies aren't into pre-lit Christmas trees, video games, smart phones, and designer clothes and handbags).
Personally, I was planning on being in Wyoming this Christmas.
Guess I'd better take some bottled water and canned goods -- just in case.
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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.