News | 21.12.12 | 12:22
Apocalyptical Survey: The world might be ending Dec. 21, but most Armenians disagree with Mayans
Amid skepticism voiced by science nerds, dismissive attitudes reigning among the clergy and cautious optimism seen among ordinary folks, the apocalyptic obsession goes on in what may be the “dying” hours and minutes of all time.
“It’s not over till it’s over” was the optimistic note struck by most of ArmeniaNow interviewees in a small un-scientific survey conducted on the eve of the looming “Doomsday”, December 21, among some well-known public figures and ordinary members of the public.
Heritage Party member Anahit Bakhshyan says she just can’t get the meaning of the expression, “End of the World”.
“In any case, if such a thing was about to happen, I would want to be together with my children and grandchildren, having a very good time before seeing in the Apocalypse in high spirits,” says the ex-lawmaker.
National Self-Determination Union Chairman Paruyr Hayrikyan says he’d devote the last day of life to writing a testament.
“Perhaps I’m not that strong a believer, but still I am religious and do not accept such things. One must continue doing good things, spreading love, even on the last day of the world. As for me, I will also use the day to write a new testament or update the one that I already have,” says the former dissident who once braved the dreaded Soviet KGB fighting for an independent Armenia and now is a would-be presidential hopeful in the unfolding race for the office in 26 Baghramyan Street.
Well-known writer and publicist Meruzhan Ter-Gulanyan also spurns the talk about the upcoming end of the world.
“But if I knew anything like that was about to happen, I’d certainly be trying to get all the people that are dear to me in one place to say goodbye to all of them,” says the scholar.
Armenian pop singer Sofi Mkheyan hopes the coming “End of the World” will treat her kindly and she will still have a chance for a new CD release.
”I am going to meet the end of the world with a new CD. Listen to upbeat, good music and don’t think about such things. You’ll see that December 21 will come and go, there will be December 22, 23, etc.,” says the young singer, who, along with a number of other Armenian showbiz stars, is now being filmed for a New Year night television show – a sign reassuring her positive outlook for the future.
“I don’t believe in the end of the world, I believe in the beginning of the world, because if something ends, another new thing starts. I will see in the beginning of the world with great joy and satisfaction,” says popular jazz musician, Cats Quartet member Vahagn Hayrapetyan.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation member, ex-MP Ruzan Arakelyan ridicules the talk of the approaching Apocalypses.
”I treat stuff like that with humor, but unfortunately I see a lot of people who do believe in it, creating a kind of situation that psychologically limits time. I also think that talking about it and making a big deal out of it is inappropriate,” says Arakelyan.
But the woman adds: “If, God forbids, this were something likely to happen, I’d want to spend the last day of my life with my nine-year-old daughter. No matter how desperate I felt, I’d still try to cheer her up… Outside all of us there is another world where, if we live in a righteous way and be honest, God will love us again.”
Most ordinary citizens in Yerevan these days also treat the Doomsday theories with an air of skepticism, but still exercise caution “just in case”.
Susanna Petrosyan, a doctor from Yerevan, is one of such residents who thinks that the “better-safe-than-sorry” attitude works perfectly in situations like this.
The mother of two says: “I’ll take both my kids, one of whom attends school and the other kindergarten, to my mother’s place. That’s OK, let them miss classes on that day, and I will try to be back from work earlier than usual. In any case, I think this whole talk could not be completely groundless.”