Apocalypse not coming: Dead birds exemplify human ignorance

January 28, 2011 — by Dylan Jew and Roy Bisht

It’s not 2012 yet, but maybe the world won’t have to wait that long to end. With reports claiming that the new judgement day is May 21, 2011; many believe that we may be within months of the end of the world.

The Family Radio Network in Nashville, Tenn., claims that when Zephaniah 1:1-3 said “ I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea … I will cut off humanity from the face of the earth,” he was referring to the day all life on earth will cease to exist.

Recently, there have been multiple reports of mass animal deaths in the media. The first occurrences involved around 5,000 birds falling dead in Arkansas on New Years Eve and two million dead fish found in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland during the same week.

Even though it may seem odd to have thousands of birds drop dead from the sky, people are just overreacting to normal occurrences in nature. Without much scientific evidence to support claims of an apocalypse, it is foolish to assume that the world is coming to an end due to a few animal deaths.

The recent mass deaths seem to have ordinary causes. For instance, the bird deaths on New Years Eve were credited to trauma caused by fireworks exploding in the area where the birds were roosting.
People often react to trivial events in nature without much knowledge of the subject and logic pertaining to the situation. With the apocalypse being such a major event, it is unjust to claim that a few dead animals means the world is ending.

Most recently, millions of crickets in Louisiana died off. Another sign of the apocalypse? Scientists will say, no, it was actually just a paralysis virus that happened to take place during the same time that much of the animal kingdom is dying off. Biologists claim that mass deaths like these are common and should not be considered alarming and definitely not a sign that the world is ending.
Instead of panicking and screaming that the world is ending, people should investigate why the animals are dying off, and immerse themselves in these events rather than making arbitrary accusations about the end of Earth.

If there was an actual apocalypse, scientists would want to say it is not actually happening, to keep the public from panicking. The governments would want to keep it as low key as possible, to make it easier to react to the problems. In this case, there are news updates every hour informing the public on these events, so this is obviously not a cover-up.

People need to stop claiming the world is going to end without having any knowledge at all about animal deaths and without having any scientific reasoning to support their claims.
These animal deaths should not be considered anything more than a nature’s circle of life. Human beings naturally overreact to events of no importance. Next time someone decides to claim the end of the world is coming when they see a dead animal, they should think twice before speaking their mind.

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