This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.”
– R.E.M. song
Unless you’ve been hiding in a fallout shelter for the past few weeks, you’ve seen the ads for “2012,” an apocalyptic movie about how the world ends. That is, if you believe Hollywood’s take on an ancient Mayan prediction that doomsday will come on Dec. 21, 2012 – a prediction that modern Mayans say is a bunch of hooey.
“2012” is the No. 1 movie in America (at least until the box office figures for “New Moon” come in), and it’s got people talking about the latest in a long and rich vein of end-times scenarios.
Most people will watch “2012” and just enjoy it for its vicarious thrills, such as the Los Angeles real estate market going upside down – literally. But some folks, unfortunately, are taking this 2012 doomsday stuff a tad too seriously.
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