Arizona News - 02/01

The End Of The World As We Know It, Good Greif

We've all heard it, but some believe it without fact or reasonable thinking. To tell the truth, its a little sickening that people are actually expecting the world to end. Oh, we have a brand new bridge in Brooklyn for sale, interested?

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Lets take a look at the reality of the situation, from a layman's point of view. The Maya Calendar was written on a rock, a BIG rock! But they ran out of room! The last entry was 2012 and they couldn't write anymore dates. Now think about this, they didn't have Papyrus.. they had stone tablets and rocks. Maybe if they used a bigger rock or a second one, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Okay maybe that's a little too lighthearted for a blog.

In reality; Wikipedia states as other research indicates, "Misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is the basis for a New Age belief that a cataclysm will take place on December 21, 2012. December 21, 2012 is simply the day that the calendar will go to the next b'ak'tun." A Baktun is 144,000 days and then the calendar enters its next cycle.

Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization FAMSI, notes that "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle". And considers the portrayal of December 2012 as a doomsday or cosmic-shift event to be "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in." The 2009 science fiction apocalyptic disaster film 2012 is based on this belief.

So hey folks, don't be duped by Hollywood! Or if you do choose to believe, maybe you should sell everything and go live on a mountain top and drink fruit punch. Or better yet, send me the balance of your checking account as you won't be needing it after December 21st.


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