After the End of the World: Make Your Prediction

OblivionAfter Earth. World War Z. If the latest batch of blockbusters is any indication, 2013 is the year of the apocalypse movie. Although Hollywood has no shortage of apocalyptic visions, predictions for the end of the world have been made since the beginning of the world itself. In recent times, the urge to predict the end has become especially strong, and the explanations increasingly weirder. For example, in 2003 The New York Times reported on a web writer identified as “Nancy” who claimed to be an “emissary” for a group of aliens and predicted the end of the world through the collision of a mysterious “12th Planet” with Earth. The opening of the Large Hadron Collider in 2008 prompted fears that the high-tech machinery would tear open a black hole that would swallow the Earth. According to a report by CNN, scientists dismissed these fears as “baloney,” a lunchmeat that could probably describe most apocalypse predictions. Even in the past year, however, end of the world fears resurfaced as people bemoaned the end of the Mayan Calendar as a sure sign of the end times.

Despite all the warnings, the fears, and the half-baked explanations, one fact remains: we are still here. Although nobody will ever be sure when the world will end, the long history of apocalypse predictions, and the new ones that spring up all the time, illustrate humanity’s continued fascination with the end of the world.

For today’s prompt, write about the day after a supposed apocalypse. Has your prediction come true? How do people react? What happens (or doesn’t)?