With all the talk of doomsday prepping what else could be expected? These days, people are coming up with all sorts of doomsday prophecies from an economic collapse to mega volcanic eruption in Yellowstone National Park. If you ask me, this is just an excuse to be a hoarder, without letting the world know you have a psychological problem. Really, what are the odds of a major pandemic or electro-magnetic pulse happening. I can't give you exact odds but I'm sure they are very slim. If you don't believe me let's take a look at what history tells us.
A roman philosopher Seneca, predicted the earth would go up in smoke so when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, the Romans saw this as a sign of the apocalypse. The earth did not burn. Had Seneca not died in A.D. 65, imagine his embarrassment.
Due to claims in the bible that the devil is represented by the number 666, Christian Londoners believed the year 1666 would be their demise. Of course, when the great fire of London occurred during the same year it didn't help but, once again, the earth didn't burn, just London.
French astronomer Camille Flammarion predicted there would be an apocalypse in 1910 when Halley's Comet passed near the earth. He claimed the comets tail contained gases that would penetrate the earth's atmosphere and kill mankind. I wasn't there but I'm pretty sure that didn't happen.
Ever since the Jehovah's Witnesses was founded in the 1870's, they predicted the world would come to an end in 1914. I have no idea how it was supposed to happen but again, we are still here. Oh, by the way, they are still predicting the world will end but no longer have a date in mind, but they have it narrowed down to "shortly".
In the 1980's Pat Robertson, a television evangelist, predicted the world would be destroyed by fire. His prediction was based on writings in the bible. As far as I know he did not give a date. This prediction was referred to as The Rapture. So far this prediction has been snuffed.
In the year 2000, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all lined up with the sun and the moon. According to author Richard Noone, this planetary alignment was supposed to cause an axis shift that would turn the world's climates upside down. Ice would melt causing major flooding in some parts of the world while ice would form in other parts. There may be some global warming taking place but to my knowledge, not much else has changed.
Do you see a pattern here? All of these predictions were made by one person. Apparently these people were pretty believable because they were able to cause the masses to panic to the extent that in many cases people were spending their hard earned cash on ways to protect themselves in the event of catastrophe.
Do you remember Y2K? I sure do. This prediction caused many people to panic in fear of the mass chaos that would occur if computers were crippled along with many other types of machines. I remember people running out at the last minute to buy up food and other supplies like they were going to have to go live in a cave for a month. People were even taking their money out of the bank for fear they would lose it due to a computer glitch. I didn't give into the panic. I just went on about my business parting with my friends to bring in the New Year. I didn't believe anything was going to happen but I figured if it was going to, I would take it a little better if I had a few drinks in me.
Here's one I hadn't even heard of until I started doing a little research. In 2009, physicists were afraid that the world's largest atom smasher, could create a black hole, assume an odd orbit within the earth and eat up microscopic pieces of matter until the entire planet disappeared. This was so scary to some people that there was a group of scientist that sued in 2008 to try to stop the large hadron collider from being fired up. They turned it on anyway and if the earth is being eaten, it's at a slow enough pace that I can't tell.
So looking back, history shows us that there are plenty of predictions that are made about the end of the world or doomsdays, but so far none have shown to be true. It does go to show that the words of only one person or a small group of individuals can cause mass panic and fear among the population. So, what do you think these doomsday preppers are doing? These people are being nationally televised, telling the world about their own predictions giving people an array of doomsday scenarios to choose from. These people are hoarding food, water, weapons and digging holes in their backyards, calling them bunkers and scaring other people into doing the same thing.
If you ask me, these are the people that are going to create doomsday. If the majority of people start hoarding food and water, what will that leave for the rest of us? Now everybody will start hoarding in order to make sure they don't go hungry or without water. People will start spending money they really don't have in today's economy to find ways to protect themselves in the event of a crisis. It looks like the beginning of a vicious cycle and this is what is going to cause the chaos these preppers fear so much, not a nuclear war or an extreme oil crisis.
So here's what I have to say; doomsday preppers go back into your bunkers and quietly collect your stashes of food, water and weapons, that you will probably never use, and stop scaring the crap out of those that only want to enjoy the life they have now, knowing that someday, something could happen but not live in fear of the improbable odds that it will. If the world goes up in smoke, then I will go up with it but in the mean time, I choose not to live in fear of what could happen.