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Three days left to the end….

Do we really have a few days left before an apocalyptic end-of-days descends upon us all on December 21?

A fate foretold by ancient misinterpreted hieroglyphs and perpetuated by many doomsday believers, the Mayan doomsday prophecy only represents the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.

QUESTION:

Is it true that the planets will align come December 21 and we are all doomed?

ANSWER:

There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. One major alignment occurred in 1962, for example, and two others happened during 1982 and 2000. Each December the Earth and Sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.”

QUESTION:

Does the Mayan calendar really end in December 2012?

ANSWER:

Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as our calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Enough of all this nonsense!

JMD

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On February 12, 2012, discussing The Mayan Calendar and the nearby “predicted” end of the world, I wrote:

… Close to the end of the year, … for a small minority of troubled individuals, their belief will develop into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In their misguided certainty that the world will actually end, resorting to extreme or illegal behavior, they will put themselves and others at risk.

Yes indeed, while there will be a brief spike in the number of murders, rapes, accidents and suicides worldwide, for the vast majority of rational people, December 21st, 2012 will pass without incident and life will continue as normal on December 22nd.

Looking back at my upcoming predictions, I can only hope that I was wrong then and yesterday.

JMD

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The Mayan Calendar

The ancient Mayan calendar ends in six days causing mixed reactions all over the world, as some believe it may mean the end of the world and civilization.

As the end of the ancient Mayan calendar just means that humanity is about to embark on a new era, thousands are now flocking in Mexico and Central America to celebrate and welcome the “End Of The World” predicted, as many believe, to happen on December 21.

Years ago, hieroglyphs of a “Doomsday” prophecy found at an ancient Mayan site in Tortuguero, Mexico have sparked fear in many and, since then, the “End of World” frenzy has made big money for those capitalizing on the predicted date of December 21, 2012.

While the Mayas never believed that the world would end one day, it is well engraved in most of the people, particularly in the Western world, that this will happen. The idea that the world will end soon is a very strong belief in Western cultures. Isn’t it written in the Bible?

The Mayans had a cyclical concept of time based on astrological observation, not an end of the world concept of time and were no strangers to the concept of “Galactic Alignment”.

Whatever the case may be, the date is almost here and …

JMD

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The Mayan Long count Calendar

Renowned for having the only fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas as well as their art, architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems, the Mayans lived thousands of years ago.

As part of their culture, the Mayans used a Long Count calendar. The calendar starts with the date of August 11, 3114 BC and ends on December 21, 2012 of the present era.

Despite the facts the Mayans not believing themselves that any such event would occur, this date, over the years, has generated enormous publicity, with many predicting the nearby end of the world, or a transformative event of some kind waiting to happen.

Today, the media are playing a huge role in whipping up a frenzy of speculation. From a polar reversal of the Earth, to spectacular runaway climate disaster or other cataclysm Various threats are debated; even the second coming of Christ is predicted.

My predictions:

First, none of this will happen: for one, Christ never existed and, the only reason why the Mayans stop their calendar on that specific date is that there was no more room on the stone they used to go further.

Second, close to the end of the year, we will numerous hoaxes creating further confusion and paranoia. Some people will be engaging in panic buying of food, or building shutters and barricades around their homes. Others will spend their entire life savings to enjoy one last day before the predicted end of the world.

Finally, for a small minority of troubled individuals, their belief will develop into a self-fulfilling prophecy. In their misguided certainty that the world will actually end, resorting to extreme or illegal behaviour, they will put themselves and others at risk.

While there will be a brief spike in the number of murders, rapes, accidents and suicides worldwide, for the vast majority of rational people, December 21st, 2012 will passes without incident and life will continue as normal on December 22nd.

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