End of the World…Doomsday Prophets, Doomsday Cults

I remember as a child, seeing a man holding a sign that blared out a message that “The End of the World Was Near”.  We used to look upon these people as addled, suffering from demensia, even downright crazy.  Today, there seems to be a growing fear that the end of the world is really coming to light, especially among the young.  Since the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, sales of survival products are on the rise.  Stories that harken or argue the end of the world have been on the rise as the clock ticks closer to December of 2012.  Everyone, including the media has jumped on the Doomsday 2012 bandwagon.  But, is the demise of our world truly coming?  Nasa’s take on the phenomenon has been serious and informative.  From all accounts, many are afraid that the gathering phenomenon could lead to a planetwide panic, resulting in suicides, increased stress among the young, or a sudden influx of spending on the open market based upon fears of impending death.

What of all this interest in Doomsday?  Why are so many people buying into these prophecies of doom?

When news hit in early 2011 of massive animal die-offs, the fragility of our ecosystem suddenly came into the news.  Everything from an early prospect of the earth coming to an end to revelations to the Doomsday 2012 sparked intense interest in our world coming to an end. 

The web is rife with Doomsday 2012 theories.  We are being deluged from all sides by the possibility of our world ending.  If you were to travel back to the 1950’s however, you would find similar occurrences throughout the United States, as the Cold War began to ramp up.  Many a family dug their own bomb shelter to deal with the harbinger of atomic war that loomed in the thoughts of suburban America.

So, to the question posed here.  Are we lapsing into 2012 Doomsday Cults?  Even people from religious sects are throwing into the fray.

It is up to you to decide if the end of the world is coming.  More to come…

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