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Some teens fear Dec. 21—NASA doesn’t

As you read these words in The Richmond Review’s greatest section, the date is precisely one week before the world is set to—I quote the great minds that surround me—“Go boom”.

Doomsday. Dec. 21, 2012. Life will end...Or will it?

The Mayan calendar ends on the 21st day of December of the 2012th year and it has been wildly thought to indicate that this day is the end of time and our existence.

For some local teenagers that means the night of Dec. 20 is when they must overdose on drugs and ogle asteroids on a crash course with Earth.

I for one am planning to act as destructive as possible on the 20th, because I look forward to getting lectures from my parents instead of Christmas gifts on the 25th.

An anonymous 14-year-old student says on the day right before the world is supposed to end, he will be partaking in “bad things” of which he cannot specify in this local newspaper.

As the artist Drake said “You only live Once” or the popular acronym YOLO, and some teens feels they must stand by this quote as if it were a religion.

If death approaches, some teenagers feel they must do illegal things as it simply won’t matter if the world disintegrates.

I’m given to conclude there will be wild behaviour and mayhem by students who might not turn in socials papers, use up all their monthly texts, or watch R-rated movies.

“My friend wants to overdose on drugs that day,” Robert Liszt Macfarlane, a Richmond High student, says. His friends’ perspective is that when millions of meteorites collide into the earth it will appear like a videogame, which is obviously the most respectable way to die.

I can already see the headlines: “15 teenagers killed on December 21st, confused asteroid for Mario Cart Wii.”

Most teens plan to stay rational on Dec. 20, even though they have their doubts.

Macfarlane continues that he wants to live his last day in peace unlike his panicked friend.

“I think I will just think of it as a normal day and play 8 hours of piano like I usually do so at least if it ends I’m doing what I love most.”

So will the world end or not?

Many of the world’s top scientists say there’s nothing to fear.

“The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA reassures.

Just as Dec. 31, 1999 didn’t cause every human being to simultaneously self destruct, the 21st of December is just a typical day, with no scientific red alarms blaring.

“This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then—just as your calendar begins again on January 1—another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”

The Mayan calendar’s cycle restarting on Dec. 21 doesn’t intrigue McNair’s Dennis Virshilias who plans on approaching the day just like any other says.

“If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen on any day. It’ll be unexpected because you can’t predict these things. Also if the world is going to end I don’t see it all happening in one day, I see it stretching out to maybe even weeks of just terror before finally everyone’s dead.”

On that uplifting note on mass apocalyptic, destructive catastrophe, I would like to say that I had a good run in Rview.

It was fun to be a youth reporter before the world exploded and we all died, please report back to my next article in February to see if I made it out alive.

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