Friday, December 21, 2012

End of Days Mayan Style! (NOT)!

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its
own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the
reverent in the right - right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it ~REM

If you're reading this, then the world has NOT ended.  TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) unless, of course, you believed that the world was coming to an end. That’s right. The time is upon us, December 21, 2012. This is the day that the Mayans, whose civilization lived from 1000 B.C. to 1519 A.D., marked their calendar as the day the world would end. You see, the Mayan apocalypse predictions arise from a misunderstanding belief of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar, which ends a 400-year cycle called a b’ak’tun on December 12, 2012, the day of the winter solstice.
How would it happen? Would a huge asteroid or rogue planet collide into Earth? Maybe large Kaiju monsters would appear from beneath the seas and destroy the population. Or maybe it simply means that there will be a huge financial catastrophe… nah!
Regardless of the many, many failed Nostradamus like prophecies, for some reason, this one stuck. Well, at least Hollywood took notice and NASA too. Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised. Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. As if we needed any MORE fuel added to the insanity fire.

Alas, for those of you putting off Christmas shopping until AFTER Friday – you know, just in case – you may be outta luck. It appears that there will be a December 22nd. And a December 23rd. And so on… sorry. This rumor mill has long been shut down. According to Professor Gerardo Aldana, an expert in Mayan culture, the end of the world is a “perfect storm of misinformation.” He said the predictions people are talking about is a misunderstanding of the mythology, a misunderstanding of the calendar and he said December 21 isn’t even the right date. So in the words of Lil Orphan Annie, “The Sun’ll come out… Tomorrow.” However, if you called in sick to work… just saying…*cough*

Of course, there is a serious side.  Our current culture doesn’t let facts get in the way of our actions; there is mass panic across the globe! The threat of the end being near has some folks going crazy taking precaution. Schools across the country are closed tomorrow, twitter is going crazy, and businesses are trying to turn a profit (not surprising). I live in a suburb just outside of D.C. where the police have doubled their staff and are assigned to various schools in the area.  Apparently, folks are threatening a Sandy Hook copy-cat attack to coincide with "The End-of-Days."  Not since Y2K have we seen such a response. 

While the nation turns its attention to guns and assault rifles, we can only hope that mental illness makes it into the discussion. 
So grab your popcorn (but don’t drink the Kool-aid) and watch as the world responds to the coming Apocalypse. But be safe. While we may not believe the end is nigh… others do.

How are you going to spend the last day on Earth?
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