Is it a way to escape from the inevitable reality of our own individual departure from the world? After all, when I die (all by myself) my whole World ends – not a happy thought. Maybe some people feel better thinking that when they go everyone else is going to go too. That way they don’t have to worry about things going on as usual after they’re gone.
What I think it’s really all about though is that if we can be sure that the world is going to end sometime soon in our lifetime then we don’t have to worry so much about the future or about following the rules. Maybe it’s all about our deep-seated desire for Freedom. If the world is going to end in 2012, then I don’t have to worry about planning for retirement – I can live it up now. If the world’s going to end soon I don’t have to worry about all the things that we people are supposed to worry about: building a good reputation, putting off our dreams “for later”, or saving up for the future – we feel as though we now have permission to “live for today.”
Of course this is something we should all be doing now anyway – fuck the end of the world – I want to live NOW and if “now” lasts for just 2 years or 50 years it doesn’t make any difference – make the most of life everyday!
Remember, even if the world doesn’t come to a crashing halt all at once – your own “world” will sooner or later. Enjoy your day now.