Everybody talks about the world ending, but I want to know when it's going to BEGIN! Yeah sure, that doesn't make sense, but doesn't it? To me, it means the opposite of the end of the world. The end of the world is all about pain, death, and fear; so the beginning has to be about comfort, life, and giddiness. I think we all want the latter, but the question is, when is it going to happen?
When is a positive story going to be the headline of all the newspapers again? People focus too much on the negative. That's why the Apollo 11 mission was so important, it was one glimmer of widespread hope in a confusing time. We need more of that, but no one's interested in predicting when something like THAT will happen. We're more concerned with predicting the next meteor strike or flu pandemic.
It boils down to lazy gambling. Obviously going to Mars isn't going to be the same kind of thing as going to the Moon. We pretty much know there's nothing out there in our immediate vicinity so it'd just be a waste of money. That is depressing. Statistically speaking death happens 100% of the time, so you're putting your money on the right horse.
The problem is, that bet will get you nowhere. The people who are out there making changes and advances aren't looking forward to the apocalypse, if anything they're working proactively to stop it. It's the rest of us who aren't helping out that want everything to end so we can laugh about how other people's efforts were in vain. Well yeah that's amusing, but if you're right, you don't win a prize or even get to enjoy it (unless you've already built your nuclear bunker, but in this economy, who can really afford to construct a substantial bunker?)
That's why I'm going out on my own Michael Jackson tree limb here and I will predict the next great positive world event. On Monday, July 27th 2009, something very good is going to happen. I don't know what or how, but keep your eyes open folks. Start getting ready because it's going to be a HOOT!