Even I was surprised at the results of a recentIpsos Global Public Affairs poll of over 16,000 people around the world. The poll, underwritten by Reuters, sought to determine the percentage of people who believe the world is coming to an end in their own lifetime. Astonishingly, the two countries with the highest percentage of people who believe in such a thing were Turkey and the USA.
The nations with the lowest number of people believing the world is coming to an end (in their lifetimes) include Belgium and Great Britain.
Globally, about one in seven people believe the world is coming to an end, and about one in ten believe it will happen in 2012.
Of course, the meaning in all this is difficult to nail down, given that everybody’s definition of “the world coming to an end” is different. For some people, the shopping mall being closed is the end of their world. For many of today’s teens, the “end of the world” means losing their texting device. Read more........