I will admit to being a bit worried about this upcoming December 21st, 2012… the supposed “End-Of-The-World-According-To-The-Mayan-Calendar” Day.
NOT because I think that the world is ending. It’s not. (If you think it is, then check out this page from NASA explaining why it won’t. And if you read that and STILL think that the world is going to end on the 21st, just stop reading this now, close your browser, and save us both a lot of grief. Thanks.)
No, I’m worried because of what I think people are going to DO on that day. And I don’t mean just the crazy people (although people who maybe are just holding on by a thread will actually have an EXCUSE to snap on that day, so watch out for them, too!), but regular, ordinary, everyday people… in large numbers.
Remember the great scene in the movie Men in Black, when Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is talking to Jay (Will Smith) about why they have to keep the MiB program a secret? The line from that which stuck with me was this…
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”
So, yeah… I’m worried that something unexpected happens, someone else yells, “It’s the end of the world!”, and the next thing you know, there’s a mass panic and people get hurt or die. Because herd mentality is a bitch.
So I think I’m going to be staying home that day if I can help it. And if I can’t, I plan on being a bit more careful than usual.
But enough about me and my general sense of paranoia… what are YOUR plans for the 21st of December?