OUR VIEW: When it comes to doomsday, believer beware

We say: For every scenario, there’s a screenwriter at the ready

It’s less than a month to the apocalypse. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you even bother, considering the end of the world is nigh?

The ancient Mayans predicted Armageddon for Dec. 21, 2012, the date they stopped calculating their calendar.

That’s when the renowned astrologers and mathematicians said the 26,000 year grand cycle of evolution would cataclysmically crash to a halt.

The Mayans aren’t the only doomsayers.

Christian denominations reference a Judgement Day that is the culmination of a great battle between good and evil.

Ancient Norse mythology foretold of a final showdown between the gods.

There are physicists who calculate the end of mankind as a mathematical inevitability, astronomers who say it’s only a matter of time until we’re all snuffed out by a collision with an asteroid or the demise of the sun, geologists who predict we’re one giant volcano eruption away from eternal darkness.

And don’t forget, there were some computer scientists who said Y2K would be the demise of us all.

Of course, for every doomsday scenario, there’s a screenwriter poised at a keyboard trying to turn it into the latest Hollywood blockbuster to be directed by disaster-meister Roland Emmerich.There’s nothing like a little end-of-days escapist entertainment to help take your mind off your current problems, like paying the mortgage, getting the kids to soccer practice, chafer bugs decimating your lawn.

It’s all enough to make you curl up in a ball on the couch and tune in for that marathon session of Dr. Phil you’ve been denying yourself for so long. Or maybe empty your bank account and go on one last spree of travel, trinkets and T-bone steaks.

Just keep in mind, when it comes to doomsday predictions, it’s believer beware.

– Black Press