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The End of the World As We Know It

March 2, 2010

Everywhere I go lately, I hear the worrisome buzz of 2012. The end of the world. I’ve been swayed for and against this apocalyptic theory for months now. But my interest has currently been captured by another implication. What if the world as we know it were to end?

This could really mean anything. Technically, it could be scarier than the end of the world itself. Think: Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” Of course, it could also be better. An era of world-wide peace and happiness, perhaps.

But an eery thought occurred to me the other day. Similar to the movie “Children of Men,” what if one day, every baby in the world started being born blind? The cause of the blindness was inexplicable, a cure could not be found. Scientists blamed cell phone radiation, nuclear leakage. No one could really explain anything.

Everyone’s perspectives would change.

Superficial things like beauty, skin color, weight, fashion would no longer be an issue. One might argue that there’d be no point in living in a world where you couldn’t experience any of the beautiful things offered to us, like sunsets and oceans. But through your other senses, I think you’d still be able to experience true beauty. And more importantly, you’d be able to know people for who they really were, not just who they seemed to be on the outside.

Government actions would change, too. Everyone would focus their attention, the entire rest of their lives, on adapting the world to a human race that could no longer see it. Cars and trains would need to operate on their own, through magnetic force fields that kept them from running into each other. Who knows if planes could ever operate again. Thousands of seeing-eye dogs would have to be bred.

Television, texting, the internet…it would all change. Every label, every book, every historic document would have to be converted to braille.  The field of advertising would change to solely radio ads and braille print ads.

People would most likely develop a sixth sense, something that made up for being blind. Who knows? The intricacies could be considered forever.

I really don’t think anything at all is going to happen in two years. 2012 is going to come and go and in another few years, the world will be scared with another date and reason that the world is ending.  But, while we’re here, I don’t think it’d hurt if we were all a little blind to the superficial things in this life.

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