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December 20, 2012

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JOHNSTOWN —

‘A break from the norm’

Doomsday “prophecies” have been spun and retracted – their end dates passing by quietly – throughout human history. Camping also made the same prediction in 1994. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, specifically former President Charles Russell, prophesied the “end of human rulership” multiple times through the late 19th century and into the 20th century.

Where does this “Chicken Little” behavior come from? Why is our culture obsessed with reaching that final curtain call?

“I think people just need to break from the norm every once in a while,” said Michael Benza of Windber.

Doom, gloom and the end of all existence aside, the “end of the world” promises to be – by its very definition – the most exciting thing to ever happen on our planet. But Randy Hendrick of Windber thinks looking ahead to it is unhealthy.

“The people that really get hyped over it are searching for something to be excited over,” he said. “I think (the end of the world will) be something I don’t want to be involved in.”

“I feel it brings a kind of ‘content,’ ” said Taylor Fraley of the Morrellville section of Johnstown. “People suddenly ‘know.’ There’s something about not knowing that causes issues.”

“Everyone wants to know when they’re going to die,” said Strenko. “So they can prepare for it.”

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