US Government Addresses Mayan Apocalypse Rumor
Sometimes the folks running our country have a sense of humor about impending doom, (zombies are coming!) and other times, not so much.
In a new government blog post (seriously), they basically shut down the whole ‘December 21 is the end of the world’ thing.
David Morrison, A NASA senior scientist, says he fields questions everyday from scared young kids about the looming apocalypse. ‘At least a once a week I get a message from a young person, as young as 11, who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday.’
As someone all too familiar with mental health issues, I’m aware of the seriousness of suicidal thoughts, but contemplating suicide because you think the world is about to end seems counter-intuitive, no?
The thing is, say the Mayans DID predict the end of the world, and it actually DOES happen on December 21, it’s not like any of us can do anything to stop it. In that case, it makes no sense to panic about something you have no (hypothetical) control over.
I’m taking the day off on December 21, not because I’m worried about the apocalypse, but because I want to make cookies with my Grandpa. (You know, to eat on Dec 22, 23, and 24…)