When I was a young boy there was a big news story, huge to me, that the world was going to end. This time in fire. It was all over the news and living room conversation. There was talk of the Antichrist appearing, and while my parents laughed it off I was silently terrified by the news I was hearing.
That night I reluctantly slept in a tree house with my cousin and we scared each other to sleep with the things we had heard: hellfire, the rising of the dead, and whether or not we were worthy of the promised land. Needless to say, the process took some time.
I woke up alive and agnostic, both of which continue to serve me well.
Tomorrow is, once again, supposed to be the end of the world (as we know it), and most of us are laughing. I haven’t heard any talk of the Antichrist or other classic religious fear tactics, but that hasn’t stopped every network, newspaper, and random guy on the sidewalk from preaching, dissecting, mocking, or preparing our demise. The end of the world is big business.
Apparently it starts with an earthquake.
We haven’t mentioned this latest doomsday scare, unfounded as it is, to our kids, and hopefully they haven’t picked up too much information along the way. My fear is that in the wake of so many terrible things that the end of the world might seem pretty plausible, and they don’t need any more nightmares.
Birds, snakes, and aeroplanes.
The images are plastered across television, the Internet, and those old things made from paper; we, with the possible exception of the French village Bugarach, are all going to die—or have some fun at the expense of those that believe such things.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m with the former. I enjoy some good fun at the expense of conspiracy theorists and doomsday preppers as much as the next guy, but when it comes to explaining it to my kids… I think this is one news story that we will save for the comforts of retrospect.
Besides, the kids have plans tomorrow, and I can’t imagine the Mayans would want to ruin a holiday party.
Have you talked to your kids about this latest spin on the end of the world?
Read more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble, Disney, or most rational people).