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A Piece of My Mind by Kelly Rupp, Publisher
Sunday, 11.13.2011, 11:37am (GMT-5)

Mountain lions, earthquakes, storms, flash floods, possible tornadoes: What a strange week this has been in Oklahoma.

People keep walking up to me and saying one word, “2012.”

People have been predicting the end of the world since the world started, I’m pretty sure, so I don’t really take the predictions very seriously.

I tend to shelve them alongside Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs and zombies.

Although I cannot conclusively prove these things don’t exist, I don’t spend much time lying in bed at night worrying about them.

Okay, maybe I do worry a little about zombies. There’s something deeply troubling about some mad scientist creating a viral concoction that makes the dead wake up with a craving to eat my brains.

I don’t think that the end of the world is coming, or if it is, I don’t think we can predict it.

For the sake of argument, though, what would you do if you knew the end were near?

Would you hoard a bunch of batteries, bottled water, flashlights, propane, guns, canned goods and powdered milk and assume you would survive the impending doom and stick around to repopulate the earth? Would you spend your remaining days praying for the salvation of your eternal soul? Would you be naughty, rob banks, break the speed limit, run stop signs and linger in the fast lane? Would you sit in your room alone and cry? Would you call the people you have hurt, intentionally or unintentionally and say you’re sorry? Would you comfort those who fear the end? Would you try to make yourself a better person? Would you reach out to others?

I’m pretty sure that mountain lions and earthquakes and crazy weather aren’t harbingers of the end, but what if we all treated every day as if it might be our last? What do you suppose it would be like to live in that world? It’s an interesting question. I wish I had an answer. Now, close the doors and turn out the lights so you don’t attract the zombies.