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Did you guys catch that awesome meteor that streaked through the skies of Russia last February 15? Wasn’t that just INSANE? Well, if you haven’t seen it yet…

Again, I ask, wasn’t that just insane?

The crazy thing is, nobody, not NASA scientists, not amateur skywatchers, not anybody knew this was coming until it burned up across the sky that morning in Russia. Initial estimates on the size and strength of the energy released by the shockwave were conservative at best.

Get this: latest estimates have that meteor at 55 feet in width and weighing at 10 thousand tons. 55 feet, to give you perspective, is as tall as a building with FIVE floors, all right? This is no mere pebble falling from the sky. This is a monster.

Let’s rewind a few months.

What if… WHAT IF scientists detected this meteor last December 2012… which in space would still have been considered an asteroid. That’s right, a freaking ASTEROID. What if we were told that this asteroid that’s 55 feet in width, and weighing 10 thousand tons was heading straight for the Earth on February 15, 2013? And it will hit us. It will NOT miss. Just imagine that. Just think about that for a moment.

In the past we were always told that this or that asteroid will hit us at some point in the future. Remember us shaking in our boots? Remember us cold with fear when that asteroid hits, but we comfort ourselves with the idea that this was in the far future? Some of us, I’m sure, even thought selfishly that well, I would be dead by then, so I don’t care. You watch TV documentaries about what humanity would do in case that happens. You watch speculative projects of creating rockets that will bring a portion of the population into space to save the human race. You wonder at the pandemonium would ensue just to get a seat in the rocket. And you quietly fume with rage when you imagine only the rich and powerful will get the chance to get on it. YOU will be left here to die. Because you’re a loser. But that’s in the future. FAR future. Nothing to worry about now.

Or so you thought.

But what if we were told that in less than two months time an asteroid will hit us and there was no doubt about it. There are no rockets to bring us to space. There are no ready plans to deal with something like this in just that short a time. All you can do is just sit there and wait for it to happen.

Or maybe you can panic.

You hoard supplies like food, batteries, and clothing. You board up the windows of your house. You gather your family with you. You find God.

Or maybe you go crazy and you start to do things you wouldn’t normally do because you believe you have only less than two months to live. You do great, spectacular things, or you do really horrible, despicable things.

In a world with nothing any more to lose, civility will fail and it’s every man for himself. People will fight and kill each other for food and water. Preservation of life will supercede loyalties and friendships. Civilization will break down.

Perhaps it was a GOOD thing we didn’t know about it. What did happen eventually on February 15, 2013?

The meteor hit Russia, hitting no populated areas. The shockwave hurt around 1000 people, but killed no one. Panic was quick, and we were treated to a spectacular show. That’s it.

Yes, perhaps it was better we didn’t know. Because in the end, it’s not asteroids that will kill us, it’s our own damned selves.

Comments

7 Responses to “Thinking about Asteroids, Meteors and the End of the World”

  1. Auggie on February 18th, 2013 1:53 pm

    That’s right Gerry! Knowledge woulda drive humanity Mad! Obviously, the truth was hidden.The real miracle was that nobody got killed. Remember the last time it hit Earth? EXTINCTION OF THE DINOSAUR AGE! I was just wondering why it hit Russia and not the Vatican. In any case, if the next comet, asteroid, meteor or whatever, hit us, the only consolation is we won’t feel pain, Instant extinction…I would prefer a death like that compared to say, Cancer….

  2. Paul Garcia on February 19th, 2013 1:35 am

    Personally, I would wish that the meteorite SHOULD HAVE HIT either Batasan or the Senate Building while in session.

  3. Francis Lim on February 19th, 2013 1:59 pm

    that’s really funny article…you sound just like Woody Harrelson in 2012…:D…there is some truth in that though…we actually get very worked up over the reentry of a small satellites…imagine how much panic would have occurred if we’d known….

  4. Francis Lim on February 19th, 2013 2:07 pm

    yeah..he heh he…uhmm wait a minute….maybe we should take a roll call of all the major world leaders…are they all where they should be? :)

  5. Gerry Alanguilan on February 19th, 2013 6:04 pm

    Easy lang Paul. Let’s not be a lynch mob.

  6. Paul Garcia on February 20th, 2013 8:31 pm

    My apologies, master Gerry. Just expressing my inner thoughts regarding that matter, especially after reading V for Vendetta stuff.

  7. Benedict Punzalan on February 21st, 2013 6:58 pm

    Yeah i agree, its our own damned selves that will wipe out humanity.dont think that im insane but i have premonitions in my dreams.its realy happening….i dreamed of the day before the flood in parts of manila.the volcanic erruptions.the earthquake…and huge mass of object in the sky..its realy clear and i almost rememder every part of it.Both my wife and i standing holding hands and praying.in the roads with cars stopped and people wondering and looking to the sky with a big mass of that object hitting the mounted flip top.Before that i have a dream in the hill people gathered there and crying.a loud voice came up to the sky and suddenly the face of a lady came up also magnified by the light.saying it is near all of you should pray….before that i have also a dream at a hill people crying in a black dress,lhat sila nangungumpisal.