Rapture, Armageddon or Emergency Preparedness?
Massive earthquakes, super-volcanoes, solar storms, pole reversal—this is just a short list of things I hope to never experience in my life. These are also the kinds of things that provide some level of intrigue to all the doomsday predictions getting tossed around these days. For some people, the concept of such massive cataclysmic events prompts them to stockpile goods and increase their emergency food storage, while others tend to completely disregard these supposed revelations. Regardless of what you think or believe, there have always been and always will be people who make predictions about the destiny of the earth and humanity, from Nostradamus to Sir Isaac Newton, and this year has been no exception. Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted that May 21, 2011 would be the day the righteous would be lifted to heaven—a day of Rapture. After that day came and went without incident he made a quick revision of his prediction, and the new date is now October 21, 2011. Don’t worry about marking your calendar, as I’m fairly confident the media will let you know when the date gets close. Assuming we all make it to Halloween this fall, next year is host to yet another ominous date. December 21, 2012 marks the end of the ancient Mayan Calendar, and represents another day that some predict will be the apocalypse. While most scientists, theologians and scholars can’t link any substantial evidence to validate such claims, it seems as though the psyche of modern inhabitants of earth are still riveted by the idea of such a doomsday scenario. Not to mention people often view such predictions as a potential way to cash in on the idea of the world ending.Whether you’re anticipating the end of days or not, it’s always a good idea to build up an emergency food storage supply, and if your anything like me you don’t make your emergency preparedness plans around speculative dates. Regardless of what you may believe, the reality we all face is that disasters happen nearly every day on this planet, and have the ability to disrupt the lives of any person at any given moment. So for the time being, I’m still going to think about what I’m want to be for Halloween this October, and I have expectations that December 21, 2012 (aka Winter Solstice) will be as just as memorable as it is every year.
—Jared Matkin—Jared Matkin is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast who is continually on the lookout for innovative and usable products designed to help improve the way we live.