CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As most people know, the world was predicted to end Dec. 21, 2012, according to the ancient Mayan calendar. Archaeologists found the remains of the calendar, and it seemed to stop on that date.
People began to believe this meant the Mayans had predicted that day as the end of the world. After all, the ancient Mayans were right about other predictions, including every solar and lunar eclipse so far (and they're currently correct on the ones to come).
In addition to that, a disaster movie called "2012" was released in 2009, starring John Cusack. It's about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the survivors' struggles.
Of course, Dec. 21 came and went, and nothing happened.
Most people knew the world wouldn't actually end, but everyone was still thinking about it. Two things on some people's minds were the pros and cons of what would have happened if it did.
Several Valley High School students considered the question as it related to humanity in general.
"A pro if the world had ended would be that we would all be safe with Jesus in heaven right now, and I guess the planet would finally be healthy with the pollution gone," said senior Anna Cafego. "A con would be that we would all be dead and would never know what would happen next, and that would suck."
Eighth-grader Cassie Whiteside had thoughts similar to Cafego's regarding religion.
"Most of us would be in heaven right now, so that's a pro," she said. "The con would be that a lot of people would burn in hell."
Junior Emily Fordyce said a pro would be "no more innocent lives taken." When she thought of the cons, she considered all that would never be.
"Some people wouldn't have had their time to graduate or go to their senior prom," she said. "And Christmas would have been missed.
"I think the worst con of all would be that there wouldn't have been any goodbyes," she continued. "Even the people who believed the world was going to end didn't really say goodbye because they weren't ready to go."Whether you wanted the world to end or not, it's still here and so are you!