How would you spend your last day? (Video)

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 21, 2012 at 6:21 a.m.

Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider   JR Ortega for The Victoria Advocate

There is no telling what the world will wake up to Saturday, the day after the world is expected to end, but chances are - we'll still be here when Dec. 22 rolls in.

Reports of people worldwide liquidating their savings and creating bunkers in response to the 12/21/12 prophecy - the date the Mayan calendar is set to end - is true, but definitely the minority, said Keith Akins, an anthropologist and assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Sugar Land.

"It's human nature to try and figure it out," Akins said. "Even though the Bible says we won't know."

There are three main proponents to the apocalypse survival mentality, Akins said.

Some people in his generation, who experienced the duck-and-cover drills of the Cold War, almost expect the world to end, he said.

The other two are religious fanatics who try to predict some cataclysmic end or the return of Jesus Christ and people who aren't necessarily successful in life and are interested in the odd.

"From my observations, almost no one expects the world to end. Those who believe it, really believe it," Akins said. "There is not a whole lot of middle ground there."

Christopher Guel, 23, of Houston, was at the Victoria Mall living as though the world were never going to end.

For him, the idea of basing the end of the world on the end of an ancient calendar is silly.

"I don't believe in it. It's just crazy," he said. "I tell people the Mayans just ran out of rocks."

The majority of people are like Guel, Akins said.

Also, this isn't the first time man has predicted the end of times. When the predictions don't come true, the reality does not hit those end of world proponents, instead they write it off as a mathematical error.

"We won't see the end of the world coming," he said. "It will be billions of years from now."



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