Do Debates Matter? World May End Before Next President Takes Office

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Justin Deering, the author of The End-of-the-World Delusion, discusses the claims being made that the end of the world is here - and that it may potentially be brought about by one of our presidential candidates.

Once election fever dies down, we’ll be moving on the possibility of the world ending.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both wasting their time—no matter who wins the election this November, there won’t be anything left to rule come December 21st when the Mayan calendar ends. That’s the position of doomsayers who believe that 2012—in addition to being an election year—also spells the end of the world.

Justin Deering, author of The End-of-the-World Delusion: How Doomsayers Endanger Society, says that once the excitement of the political season begins to fade, we’ll begin to hear more and more hype about the end of the world. “Right now, everyone’s attention is on our two presidential candidates,” Deering explains. “This is an important election, and people are concerned about the direction our country is going.”

Deering graduated from Lynn University, site of the third presidential debate. “It’s exciting to watch. All of the recent elections have been so close—about 50/50—so it’s really the undecideds and the independents who control the outcome.” He will be watching the final and most influential debate closely.

“The presidential campaign is a real issue, one that matters,” Deering says. “Once election fever dies down, though, we’ll be moving on to a totally phony issue the next month. And that’s the possibility of the world ending.”

Apocalyptic thinking has destroyed many lives over the years. The Rapture is an example that turned out to be a non-event in 2011, though many true believers have lost their savings and their possessions, with some even losing their very lives.

Of course, not everyone is going to wait until after the election is out of the way before they begin doomsaying. Some are actually using the election as a platform to make their own apocalyptic claims.

“Some people are out there saying, ‘If Romney wins, it’ll be the end of the world because he’ll start a nuclear war,’ or, ‘If Obama wins, it’ll be the end of the world because his economic policies will bankrupt us all.’ Actually, we hear claims like this about both candidates, every four years.”

Deering says there’s no reason to be worried about the world’s possible end. “I wrote my book to fight against fear-mongering,” he explains. “We always hear about how bad everything is and how the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Life is too short to spend worrying about all this nonsense. In all likelihood, the world’s going to be here for a long, long time, so we might as well make the most of it and enjoy life while we’re here.”

The End-of-the-World Delusion is available from retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The eBook is $9.99, the hardcover is $24.95, and the paperback is priced at an appropriate $20.12.

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