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If The World Ended Today

This is it. The Sun’s timer has expired, and it’s going supernova. We’re about to become an extinct species. No more Earth, no more Moon, no more human race. Luckily, we’ve a 24 hour respite before the party goes down. How do you spend it?

There are only two categories of people to classify in this event: the ones who freak out, and the ones who don’t. There’ll be the people who accept reality, and those who think they’re experiencing a terrible nightmare where rules don’t exist. Expect looting, thievery, murder, rape, etc. Basically everything that happens on a regular day to day basis, but multiplied times a zillion.

Then again, some great things will happen. We will unite together as a people. Wars will end, forgiveness and mercy will be shown, and for a moment, the Earth will know true peace. It makes you wonder if perhaps end-of-world events shouldn’t happen more often, right?

It’s too bad that we’ll never set foot on the red plains of Mars, or know if life beyond our own planet exists. The universe will miss out on making the acquaintance of an awkward, bi-pedal race of beings called humans. Perhaps that last one is for the best. We’ve always been a warfaring species, and would have continued on that path towards our destruction if the Sun hadn’t beat us to it.

Now’s the chance to right your wrongs. If you’re the type who doesn’t want to go out with a guilty conscience, you’ve just been given a 24 hour window of grace. Use it wisely, and use it quickly. The phone and cable lines are probably down, so you’ll have to do this the old-fashioned way, and I don’t mean by writing a letter. Use what gas you’ve got left in the car, and drive to your Mother-In-Law’s house to apologize for being such a monster.

After all the feel-good stuff is taken care of, the only thing left to do is wait for the end. Now, this can be accomplished in several ways. The first is by finding a corner and crawling up in the fetal position. Or you can find a quiet hilltop somewhere and watch the action unfold, because it will be epic. Then there’s the throw-the-biggest-party-ever idea. Provided your neighbors and/or friends are still around, invite as many people as you can, and just let it all go.

However you spend these last few hours, just remember that they will definitely be your last. Remember those cliche “live today as if there’s no tomorrow” sayings? Yea, well this is the time to ponder how you would’ve spent that day had it not been the end of everything.

Do something you’ve never done before. Break(your own) stuff, climb up on the roof and shout like a child, kiss your crush, run down the street naked, whatever. This is the last time you’ll ever be able to do this again, so make it last, because today the world ends.

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About Zachary Levi Wall

Editor of Wandering The Universe blog. Author on the side, and contributing Tech & Innovation writer for Blacklemag.

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