When first reading this week’s prompt I initially thought of a Semester At Sea-type voyage to travel the world, but since it was already mentioned by Sarah earlier on the blog I chose to take a different route and visit December 22, 2012. The other day I saw a commercial for a TV series that documents “doomsday preppers” or people who seriously believe the apocalypse is coming and plan to survive it. I’m amazed how many people sincerely believe the world is going to end on December 21, 2012 and so I would like to travel to the day after (December 22nd) to find out for certain.
People of various beliefs and numerous scholars have all predicted that something enormous will happen on December 21, 2012. I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t just the day the Mayan Calendar ends, and that many other predictions ranging from various astrological alignments to the beginning of a new era all are expected to occur on December 21, 2012. There have been similar predictions about the end of the world in the past (i.e., Y2K, the Rapture), which have all proved to be false, but I feel like the December 21st prediction is much more widely believed and taken more seriously. I personally don’t believe in December 21, 2012, but I would like to travel to that date to put an end to this unnecessary worrying–this prediction has completely taken over the lives of too many people and will likely only get worse as the date approaches. Case & point: there have been reports of people spending tens of millions of dollars on underground shelters! However, if it does in fact turn out that the world ends on December 21st, I’d also like to know ahead of time so I can live up my last months. I wouldn’t turn into a “doomsday prepper” because, frankly, I don’t know that I’d want to survive an apocalypse and spend the rest of my life in an underground bunker eating frozen food and being stuck with the same 10 people. So, regardless of the outcome, I’d choose to travel to the day after the apocalypse and put an end to this uncertainty once and for all.