By now, most people are at least generally aware of the apocalyptic predictions associated with the Maya and the Mayan calendar. In a nutshell, the Maya’s “long count” calendar ends on December 21, 2012, concluding after 5,126 years. I’m cutting through some of the details, but the idea is that because the calendar of these ancient peoples effectively ends at that time, the interpretation of many is that the Maya themselves were saying that the world will also end at that time.
As a matter of fact, very recently, a news item noted that a second mention of the date was found at an ancient ruin. This from a USA Today article (November 24, 1011):
“Mexico's archaeology institute downplays theories that the ancient Mayas predicted some sort of apocalypse would occur in 2012, but on Thursday it acknowledged that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment found at a southern Mexico ruin site.
Most experts had cited only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan glyphs, a stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
But the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that there is in fact another apparent reference to the date at the nearby Comalcalco ruin. The inscription is on the carved or molded face of a brick.”
Personally, I’m not inclined to think the world is going to end on that date. I guess, in a way, if you are one who sincerely believes that it will, your life…at least for the next year…just got a lot easier. There’s really nothing for you to do but enjoy your life and family until December 21, 2012. Despite my own personal disbelief that something cataclysmic will occur on that date, all of the talk does remind me that significant, catastrophic events…mandated by God or not…can and will occur, and that one would do well to prepare for these events.
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