Will We Run Out of Drinkable Water?

Articles appear daily on the many threats to our planet. Our biosphere is rapidly changing as evident in climate change and other earthly conditions. It is getting to be a crisis situation although international scientists have been telling us the bad news for decades. Long ago, concern about the environment gave rise to a huge grass roots movement.  People began to be “green” in great numbers.  Recycling became the order of the day. Giant corporations were fined for polluting our rivers and lakes.   There is an outcry afoot: our food sources will be damaged shortly, and we may run out of drinkable water. Some, including President Trump, discount these points of view as conspiracy theories. The government doesn’t need to pour billions into saving a thriving planet. I am not so sure about this.

When in doubt, why not take action? I am perfectly willing to conserve water at home. The first thing you can do is check your faucets. Are they leaking? This includes the tub. I often find that the last user has left the knob loose enough to encourage a small, but noticeable drip. Over time, the waste adds up. You can tell by your water bill. In addition, toilets should be low flow. In fact, this type is required in all new construction. Imagine the savings when millions of bathroom fixtures, at home and at work, have been converted. New faucets are also “low flow” and the amount of water is regulated. You can’t leave the faucet on while you are cooking to avoid the hassle of turning the knobs with dirty hands. Some faucets will even go off. This is often seen in commercial bathrooms, but the technology is now available at home. I used to be lazy about turning off the kitchen faucet. I would let it run to get hot water even if it took ages. Then I would run around doing my chores and leave it on until I needed it. Terrible habit!

Take stock now of what you do at home to conserve water. Do it for the future of humanity if not for your water bill budget. Don’t wait for the next dire warning from world scientists. They have tried their best, but not many listen. If all it takes to do your part is to read some kitchen faucet reviews and install a new device, then go for it. The health of the planet is at stake.

I am not trying to be strident; I am just echoing their voices. We need to change our wicket ways. They counsel us to participate in a “groundswell of pubic pressure.” One of the biggest culprits in destroying our world is carbon dioxide emissions along with industrial pollution. The other is water waste. It doesn’t take much effort to confirm these views by reading online.

Artifact Hunting

When you are interested in doomsday prophesies, you naturally delve into ancient civilizations and their practices. This is particularly true of the Mayans who had predicted that the world would end in 2012. Mercifully, it didn’t, nor did I expect it to happen. I like knowing how prevalent were such concerns and I want to know about the cultures that produced them. One way is to do a little archeologically digging to uncover artifacts that have a story to tell. Given the difficulty of this enterprise, I would go with an experienced group rather than on my own. I would enjoy working on an existing dig where items and relics have already been found. However, finding something for the first time has to be more than thrilling.

How do these scientists find gold artifacts or jewelry for example? I have read that it relies a lot on a conventional metal detector as a principle research device. Some are more complicated than others. As a result, I am tempted to join a program that trains people on how to use metal detectors. There are “schools” one can attend to learn the ropes and to teach you about the things you should take with you, a little bit like this – https://www.findingafortune.net/best-accessories-to-take-with-a-metal-detector/. They provide you with the gadget and teach you how to set and operate it when in the field. You can either go with them on a dig or find one on your own in your choice of location where they are likely to have a good concentration of artifacts. You have heard of queen for a day; now there is archeologist for a week.

While the metal detector is sanctioned by the profession, an archeologist must consider local law. Sometimes a permit is required. It can be unlawful to disturb a site. Most likely this would apply to outsiders who want to take their chances on a find and go when the dig is unoccupied. This is the best way to protect the research and keep it private so the materials found would go to the right place, such as a local museum. It is a serious matter of ethics. There is an unspoken code of conduct among members of this respected group because of their concern for the final resting place of their finds. This is especially true if human remains are found. They must be processed and dated appropriately. What happened to the Elgin Marbles should never occur again.

Another related ethical issue has to do with fraud. In Mexico, it has been reported that faux Mayan artifacts have been sold at unreasonable prices to ignorant tourists. It shows how much these ancient relics are in demand. It doesn’t have to be something made of gold. Statues and figurines qualify. It is another story to detect what is fake and what is authentic. A different kind of expertise is required. It takes years to become an educated expert. Many major museums have been duped. Fortunately advanced carbon dating techniques have been developed. It has nipped a lot of the fakery in the bud.

Smoking Through the Ages

Since I am interested in the origin of things, I have recently been intrigued by the history of smoking. There is still debate in modern times. Perhaps it is best to reflect on its history. I presume that all cultures have smoked throughout time, although it is in the form of plants or tobacco. It fascinates me that the practice is universal and has evolved to a sophisticated, although harmful, pastime. I know people constantly complain about the smell if they are nonsmokers. I presume this was irrelevant in the past.

Tobacco grew in the wilds for nearly 8,000 years in the Americas. Thousands of years later, it began to be chewed and smoked during religious ceremonies. Anthropologists have blatant evidence of this fact. A huge transformation in the cultural implications came when smoking was discovered by none other than Christopher Columbus. After it was cultivated in Europe around 1531, its use spread wildly across the continent and England. It became a monetary standard for a century. A new industry was born whose popularity exists worldwide to this day. No doubt smokers always enjoyed the smell, and so I decided to look into the science of it, guided by this blog post.

It is amazing that as early as 1602, ill health was associated with tobacco. An essay on chimney sweepers told the tale of harm caused by soot and smoking. In the late 18th century, cancers of the lip were noticed in heavy pipe smokers. More medical dangers were described so long ago. We know that the association of smoking and respiratory problems was made in the 1920s. Lung cancer had found its origin. Because of the power of the tobacco industry, the media kept quiet. Not until the 50s and 60s was this link made public.

Old timers remember the first cigarette-making machines in the late 1800s. This marks the early mass production which blossomed as time went on resulting in the coin operated boxes that were ubiquitous. Marketing by the big tobacco companies came in the form of extensive advertising.

Smoking was prevalent until mid-century despite the smell and health consequences. Anti-tobacco groups made their point, particularly regarding children. The huge industry fought hard lobbying political parties. It became a stalemate until after the world wars because of the policy of giving cigarettes to allied troops. As knowledge grew, the practice started to taper off culminating in the local ban on smoking in public places and restaurants. Passive or second-hand smoking was attacked by legislatures. Now it’s common to read passive aggressive Facebook posts when there’s someone smoking where they shouldn’t be. The interests of the tobacco industry were set aside as lawsuits accumulated with extremely deadly consequences.

The industry did not give up easily however and made up for its losses by promoting cigarettes in third-world countries – Africa, Asia, and the Middle East – where smoking laws did not exist and political interest is weak. Russia and Latin America soon followed as marketing targets.

To Every Thing, There is a Season

Primitive societies lived by the seasons. Literate ancient realms had calendars to mark the time, but they clearly knew when winter was upon them and the crops started dying. Perhaps we carry some genetic market within us that responds to seasons. We feel different when summer turns to fall and there is a nippy coolness in the air. We become happy-go-lucky in spring and summer due to the increased daylight and the therapeutic warmth of the sunshine. Modern societies have inherited some kind of negative response to a lack of light and the condition is known as SAD. Not everyone has it, of course, but it is being diagnosed more and more frequently. We usually associated with northern European countries, Iceland, and Greenland. We find it commonly in the US as well, particularly Alaska. Not surprisingly, this illness can cause a high rate of suicide in certain areas of the world—especially areas far from the Equator. Humans become depressed when it is dark all the time. I suppose rainy climates are also prone to this affliction. So, what to do?

The first task to watch for typical symptoms and seek a diagnosis. Do you feel blue in winter and become less interested in your daily tasks? Does your mind wander and you fail to focus well, and not just on Twitter? You might clock in too many hours of sleep at night—anything over nine hours would be suspicious. You recognize you have a problem, and now you should seek help. Your doctor can run some tests and check here https://www.berightlight.com/sad-can-treated/ to see if your symptoms match those of SAD, or season affective disorder. He might prescribe bright white therapy and designate the type of box you need to purchase for daily use. You will no doubt sit in front of the device for a half hour or more per day, usually early in the morning.

Don’t panic. SAD goes away with a change in seasons. Who doesn’t feel more alive and alert when spring comes after a long, cold winter. Those who love winter sports are exceptions. For the small percentage of the general population who feels off from December to April, there is treatment. This condition is often mistaken for clinical depression and the symptoms are quite similar. The difference is the root cause of feeling down. If it is a lack of light, it is probably SAD. You are low in energy and lethargic; you overeat and tend to gain weight. Others will describe you as moody and irritable. For most sufferers, the light therapy works wonders. Your doctor will determine the intensity of the light and the length of exposure for your case. If the treatment is effective, the symptoms will diminish and you should feel like yourself again. Your old motivation will be restored.

Light therapy is said to improve serotonin and melatonin levels in the body and restore normal body rhythms. Patients will no longer dread winter and long for spring and summer.

What We’d Stock our Bunker With

Are you one of those doomsayers? Don ‘t get defensive. So am I. I study all the old prophecies and keep a calendar of current dates that have been set by various people and cultures. Will the ancient lore ever be realized? We may never know in our lifetimes, but we can archive things to help us cope when the day comes. If you have an underground shelter left over from the fifties and the communist scare of nuclear war, you can finally use it unless it has been sealed shut. It makes for a great end of the world retreat and stocking it now with food and water means you will be prepared. Don’t use the old stuff in there from a previous owner of your house. No doubt it is horribly stale. Get new survival kits and freeze dried food items right now. The final day may be nearer than you think!

I don’t mean to make you panic, just to face reality. Someone out there, amongst all those seers, has to be right. So, what are you going to put in your shelter to pass the time. Of course, there will be an air mattress for the number of people to inhabit the space. You better only invite people you really like. Apart from the food and water requirements, you might want to envision what you would do for recreation. There won’t be Twitter to interact with people on your favorite sport, like @Top_Corner_Mag. You can sit on old inflatable bicycle tires and play board games or cards. A battery-operated music system would last for a while in the early days to keep you sane. I am trying to think creatively, and I would add a soccer ball pump that doesn’t depend on electricity. It can inflate a sagging tire, mattress, and you guessed it – a ball. For exercise so you don’t go to hell, you can toss it around as long as it stays taut.

How are you going to vent your anger and rage? Don’t just throw the soccer ball against the wall. You have to turn it to something positive, like the fact that you are going to survive—maybe for your lifetime. We all assume that we will be able to come out of our shelters in at least ten years. There seems to be a consensus of opinion that this is enough time for the world to recover from whatever caused the end of days. Be sure to stock your shelter with what you will need when you open that sealed metal door. I know you are thinking that I have forgotten the problem of air, but I will leave this to technicians and specialists to provide the answer. There will be some kind of non-electrical self-generating air flow and recycling system. Great minds are working on it! They are doomsayers themselves.

Your air mattress may not be comfortable for you when you are in a shallow and edgy sleep. Maybe throw a quilt into the shelter and a pillow or two. Beware that the place doesn’t get too crowded!

The Mayan People

Over the course of doing research regarding the theory that the Mayans predicted the end of the world, we’ve become pretty interested in the Mayan culture. They were a pretty clever group of people. And then they basically disappeared.

Here’s some of the cool stuff we learned:

They pretty much ruled. The ancient Mayans were considered a Mesoamerican society (in other words, the area of Mexico/Central America before the Spanish got involved there). They hung out in the area around the Yucatan Peninsula, modern-day Guatemala, as well as parts of Belize and some of Mexico. Basically, they were just all over that area. In the height of their time, there may have been around 2 million Mayans spread out over a bunch of city-states with their own dialects, buildings, and rulers.

They were smart. They started out, like many other societies, as an agricultural group. However, over time (and with the help of the Olmecs, a more sophisticated culture), they developed well beyond their humble roots. They formed a significant mythology to create a religious culture that remained incredibly important to them as a society. They derived a writing style of hieroglyphs and a number system, which was modified from thoseOlmecs. They even made their own paper (some of which has survived)! These things enabled them to advance even more as a people. It’s amazing what a written language and the concept of numbers can do to propel a society into prehistoric stardom. Seriously. They even understood that you need the number zero. It seems so self-evident, but this was big stuff back then. Concepts like these helped them build things like irrigation systems and sophisticated architecture like pyramids.

They made a bunch of people believe the world was going to end. Of course, with all this math and writing going on, they developed something else, too—a calendar (insert ominous music here). Their Long Form calendar set off a pretty epic panic about the end of times back in 2012.

They pretty much disappeared.Nobody’s really sure WHAT happened to the Mayans. They were the hottest thing going for a long time, and then somewhere between the 8th and 9th century, they jumped the shark and fizzled out. Scientists have guesses, but they aren’t entirely sure. Their slash and burn style of farming may have rendered the land inhospitable to crops and killed off their food source, leaving them either to die or move on. Some believe there was an unusually dry cycle, which may have caused some of the cities to collapse and caused an unsustainable influx to cities that actually had water. Or, the scarcity may have created wars where they fought each other for water and food (or for any other reason, honestly. These were people who believed in human sacrifices, after all) and wiped themselves out.  There are theories that aliens were actually the ones who gave them the capabilities they had, and then took them all away. That one is obviously the least likely and has no basis in science whatsoever. It is kind of cool to think about, though. Much better than them all starving to death or killing each other until there was nobody left.

We hope you enjoyed this little history lesson!

What Retirement Fund?

Periodically people believe the world is coming to an end. Doomsday prophesies abound. I like the one circulated by the Pre-Columbian Mayans targeting the year 2012. Well, we didn’t experience the end of days as predicted. Now we wait for the next theory. I am looking into it so you will get any warnings from me for sure. I am on top of this trend in negativity. No one wants it to happen; they just want to be prepared. There are many sources for predictions including ancient calendars and esoteric writings. It is interesting how they survive right through modern times. We live in the information age, the digital age, during the technological revolution, and the destruction of global boundaries. Why are we superstitious as if we lived in the Middle Ages. Is it something defective in the human psyche? I am not sure, but I do know that people behave erratically when they think the world is coming to an end.

It is interesting that they buy all kinds of expensive goods even in the face of an impending crisis. It is not that they feel they will be exempt, but they want a last chance to live it up and enjoy prosperity while it lasts. All images in movies and books of the last moments on earth show ruins. People are like animals fighting for survival, lacking any remnants of former humanity. I see no fancy basketball shoes, designer handbags, fur coats, or imported luxury cars. No matter what, I hear about people who empty their retirement accounts when doomsday is coming. Of course, they won’t need emergency funds. There will be no currency and most likely no or few survivals at all.

What would you buy if you had a year or less to live? Most people tell me that they would travel rather than gorge themselves on gourmet food or even stranger items, like expensive basketball shoes from Ballers Guide. But man is a strange animal who likes to collect the trappings of wealth. Are we really all ego? Is there some atavistic longing in evolved humans to appeal to our fellow men and women by adorning ourselves?

Look at African tribes and think of lavish neckpieces, headdresses, and beaded garments. It is the same for islanders, Native Americans, Australia’s Aborigines, and Middle Eastern collectives. They all have their symbols and signs. Modern man has it easy. Just go on the Internet and read the blogs. You will know what is trendy and required to be top dog in the modern world.

What if Hollywood is Right, and it Isn’t The End?

One thing about end-of-world theories is that so far, they’ve all been wrong. Nothing from space has hurtled down and blown us up, people have not yet been sucked up into the rapture, we haven’t all been killed off by aliens or a devastating virus with no cure, we haven’t blown each other off the earth in some horrendous war, the Earth has not transformed into a dangerous landscape that is incompatible with life.That’s not to say any of these things aren’t coming, of course. Just that, so far, it hasn’t happened.

Maybe “the end of days” isn’t actually the literal end of the world, but more of an end to the world as we know it (and we feel fine). Perhaps it will be more like what the Mayans believed—they thought that the end of one cycle also meant the beginning of another, albeit different, one. It could mark a significant change in the world around us, a new challenge for the human race. A cataclysmic event does not necessarily mean that we’re all going to die. It’s possible that something could happen that devastates the population but allows us to adapt and overcome.If films and books are to be believed, lots of us are going to die in some horrible way or another, but there will be some tough-as-nails survivors who will manage in a world with few rules and even fewer resources. It’ll have to be a couple and maybe some unrelated kids, naturally, or else the triumphant survival will be short lived.However, it always makes for a good story. Hollywood has come up with a bunch of traumatic and devastating, yet heartwarming and uplifting, scenarios where humans successfully navigate through even the worst situations.

For example, we will find ways to prevent stuff falling from space and destroying the earth, a la films like Deep Impact and Armageddon. While many believe that weapons will be our downfall, in some cases, our warmongering may actually save us;we celebrate tremendous victories in films like Independence Day, War of the Worlds,and Battleship. Other theories involve us being taken down by adevastating plague. But never fear. Some of us, for whatever reason, will be immune, like in I am Legend. That certainly is convenient. And, even though we cannot figure out a cure for things like colds or cancer—stuff that has been around forever—we will be able solve a brand new virus. Then there are the viruses that turn people into zombies or other sorts of bloodthirsty, amoral crazies. That’s a whole other problem. Those poor people have to rid the world of the infectedAND find a cure.Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, the list goes on and on….

Hollywood knows we aren’t a perfect species. There are plenty of films where we basically destroy ourselves, either by damaging the earth to the point of no return, like in Waterworld andWall-e,or through some sort of societal collapses like in Idiocracyor Mad Max. But the gritty, pretty,intelligent, and determined among us (or the robots) will survive.

So, don’t completely despair. There’s always hope.

What’s your favorite doomsday or dystopian film? What do you think your chances of survival are in these kinds of situations?

End of World Theories

We have an odd sense of humor here at 2012. We tend to look at conspiracy theories and doomsday prophecies with a bit of a wink and a smile. Honestly, there have been so many of them already and they’ve all been wrong so far. When you research them as much as we do, it’s hard to take them very seriously.

Every year, there’s a global nuclear war theory. There are some radical terrorist groups out there and unstable politicians (we won’t name any names but you probably know where we’re going here) with access to launch codes. So sure, this one seems like a possibility. But it’s always going to seem like a possibility *until it is a reality* or not. Some of us have differing opinions on this, in case you can’t tell. Nostradamus said so, you know: there’s gonna be a WWIII that lasts for 27 years and a final Antichrist who claims that he is saving the world as he destroys it (hmm. Why does this sound familiar? Oh man.) We don’t particularly believe that a war would end the world, but we do think that a nuclear war would make things suck long enough that we wished it did.A psychic from Wisconsin, Jeane L. Dixon (who also wrote a horoscope for dogs book), among others, believed this was absolutely the way we were going to go.

Another fun one expired in the summer of 2016, but it’s based on an interesting concept—the Earth’s magnetic poles would reverse. Instead of just screwing up everyone’s compasses, it would also somehow create a vacuum effect in the atmosphere, trigger a megaquake, and we’d all die. Didn’t happen, obviously. But the earth’s magnetic field has flipped before and it will probably do so again. We found out it has to do with erupting volcanos, so it’s hard to actually pinpoint a date for when that’s going to happen. Although this has never caused widespread extinction before, this prophecy is still up there as a possibility.

Other catastrophic events are widespread earthquakes, droughts to the point where the whole earth is a dry wasteland, another ice age, giant unpredictable tidal waves destroy everything, or there is simply some kind of horrible result from our irresponsible behavior toward our home planet. These theories are as good a theory as any other out there. If you believe in things like global warming, you could extrapolate that to a point where some of these even seem plausible, albeit in the distant future.

There is also a lot of ideas that the end will come from space. The sun could explode and about 8 minutes later, we’d all die. The moon or earth somehow gets knocked out of orbit, and it would ruin everything. The earth is often a giant target for comet-and-asteroid related doom. Some doomsdayers name the likeliest comets. Even the Hopi Indians may have been caught up with this one. They believed something called a Blue Star Kachina would appear in the sky and that would signify a Fifth World.Hmm. Or we’re all going to die. Something like that.

There’s also plague theories, where we are going to be hit with some rampant disease that wipes all—or enough—of us out that there will eventually be nothing left. These go hand in hand with zombie theories, and although they aren’t really plausible, they can certainly be entertaining.

A lot of Christians also believe in something called the Rapture. All the believers are doing to be swept up into the air and sent to heaven and whoever’s left will be living in hell on earth. This can likely happen at any time, but Isaac Newton figured it was most likely in 2060 (although he really hated trying to pin down a date). Yes, that Isaac Newton. However, that’s pretty far away, so we try not to sweat that one.

What about you? Any theories you really like?

Why December 21st, 2012?

One of the biggest, most widely regarded Doomsday prophecies was the belief that ancient Mayans predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012. It was attached to all kinds of theories, like planets colliding with Earth, or magnetic pole reversals, to all-out nuclear war. Various polls that were conducted discovered that as many as 1 in 7 people believed that the date was going to be the end of the world. Things only got worse as the days marched on. As the middle of December 2012crept closer, instead of saving their money for retirement, people of all walks of life were buying fallout shelters or stockpiling canned goods. Others simply lived it up and figured the heck with consequences. What difference would it make if everything ceased to exist that day anyway?

Those people probably wish they could go back in time and make some different life choices.

To state the obvious: the world didn’t end. Which begs the question: who got it wrong, us or the ancient Mayans?

To answer that, we have to make a few points clearer. First, let’s find out where people got the date from in the first place. The Mayans had a pretty sophisticated dating system we call the Mesoamerican (or Mayan) Long Count calendar. They chose a mythical creation date (long story) corresponding to roughly August 11th, 3114 BCE. Their long count calendar calculated how many days past the creation date any given day was, and it covered what they considered to be a Great Cycle—5,125 years.

Guess when the cycle ended?

December 21st, 2012.

OK, so that’s how people got the date. Now, let’s figure out how we got from there to the world ending. Well, some people (not necessarily scholars or scientists) interpreted the fact that the calendar ‘ended’ as significant. They surmised that if the calendar ended, it was ballgame over, roll credits, The End. In other words, they decided to interpret the fact that Long Count Calendar ended to mean that the Mayans were actually saying that the world was going to end. They said it loudly and often. A group that believed the planet Nibiru was going to collide with Earth and end the world in 2003 latched on to that date when it turned out they were wrong the first time.

The concept was flawed from the very beginning. To give you a modern-day equivalent: imagine somebody coming into your house, looking at a wall calendar, and assuming that because the calendar ended on the 31st of December, that nothing came after that date. Imagine what they would do next:go on the internet and announce that the world will end because there aren’t any dates past the 31st of December of this year. And other people will agree with them because that’s how the internet works, and because they looked at pictures of your wall calendar and saw that there was nothing after the 31st of December. When you look at it that way, it seems pretty ridiculous, right?

What do we actually do when the calendar ends? Have a New Year’s party and buy another one! That’s basically what the ancient Mayans believed. They figured that there would be a celebration to denote the end of a Great Cycle, and then there’d be another. We know this because scholars and scientist have found Mayan inscriptions that sometimes referenced future dates, even past 2012. Most of these were listed as “distance dates,” made through a combination of a Long Count date and a distance number. Proof that the Mayans didn’t believe the world was going to end when their Long Calendar stopped.

It was just an excuse to party, then start another Great Cycle.

Signs You Know The End is Near

Many people practice a specific faith because they want to believe in a certain sequence of events surrounding death and/or the afterlife. It can be a great comfort to have faith in something larger than yourself. Some religions have some sort of doomsday prophecy, taking the afterlife theory to a larger scale. Typically these come about as an assurance that if you believe, you will be able to reap your reward at the end.Here are a sample list of some signs they believe foretell the end of the world:

  • Escalation of international tensions and war. Many religious doctrines across faiths consider this a red flag.
  • Many believe that there will be an increasing number of false prophets, shifting people away from the Righteous path and paving the way for a new leader (the Antichrist), who will bring about the end times. He will be a great charlatan, misleading the faithless into thinking that better times are ahead while stripping their freedoms. He is a master of illusion, and many will not know they have been led astray until it is too late.
  • Plagues. Every time there is a pandemic, people wonder if there is some sort of great plague set to decimate the population.
  • Famines or droughts. Although we are more interconnected globally and can use more sophisticated farming techniques to minimize some of the more significant effects of droughts, widespread droughts could cause many people to starve to death or die from malnutrition-related issues.
  • Earthquakes.This comes up a lot. Major earthquakes that cause lots of destruction seem to be a repetitive theme.

All of these things can be interpreted in pretty broad terms. Some could say we’re already in this phase now—so we’re at the beginning of the end—or you could look at these things and interpret past events as being a sign that the world was ending. You could be right no matter how you interpret them. In a way, these things are kind of like horoscopes. If you look at them a certain way, you will always be able to find something within them. However, there is one more sign that has a common thread through several popular religions:

  • Judgement. One of the staples of most religions is a behavioral doctrine. There are texts, morality tales, and religious leaders who teach their people how to act in a way that ensures them a safe passage into the next life/afterlife/whatever they believe comes next. Most end-of-days tales have a sort of mass judgement day, where every single person who is left on this earth will be held accountable for their time on this Earth and will suffer consequences if found lacking, while being rewarded handsomely for being of good faith.

Haven’t seen anything like that yet, so we’re going to assume that the end of the world is still a ways off.