When Will the World End?

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According to a recent poll, 22% of Americans believe that the world will end during their lifetime. Now, we’re not talking about the end of civilization, or even the end of the human race–we’re talking about the end of the entire stinking world.

All of it.

In case you don’t know, the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It has survived numerous impact events, ice ages, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, and a score of other disasters. Continents have shifted. Generations of beings have lived and died. Civilizations have come and gone. And through it all, the Earth has remained relatively unchanged.

I know that we might like to think otherwise, but the fact is, the Earth will continue long after we are gone. The world does not revolve around us. It does not begin with us. It will not end with us.

That is what science gives me, and it is beautiful.

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