There is a a lot of fear that civilization, or the world itself, is going to end on December 21, 2012, which is the end of an era on the Mayan calendar. All sorts of millenium groups have picked up on this and have been talking about the end of the world on this date for several years now.
This really reminds me of the situation as we approached January 1, 2000. There was the Y2K scare, when people feared that all the computers in the world would crash and we would have no money, electricity, water, gasoline, etc. But there was more to it than that — I had been led to believe that the Satanists were going to take over on that date. I wasn’t sure it would happen, but I sure was scared. I was also afraid that, even if they weren’t organized enough to take over the world, some groups would get wild and do some very dumb things. Like bombing large cities and dams and seats of government.
I decided to handle it by buying a favorite, very expensive, food for New Year’s Eve. I ate it slowly, savoring every bite, thinking it might well be my last meal. I’d had enough optimism, however, to buy enough for breakfast the next day, just in case I woke up and was still alive. How I slept is beyond me, but I did.
Well, obviously I did wake up the next day. Rather than feeling naive and fooled by the cult’s bragging, I was filled with joy. Absolutely nothing had happened! They weren’t all that powerful — all they had been able to do was frighten little kids into expecting the end of the world on 1/1/2000. It was just another empty threat.
Now we are facing a similar situation. My cult didn’t talk about 12/21/2012, but I imagine a lot of others have, especially those that are into numerology. I imagine they have told kids over and over that civilization as we know it will end then and they will take over the whole world. I imagine that a great many survivors are terrified, just as I was on 12/31/1999.
The Mayas did not believe there would be a catastrophe, the end of civilization, or the end of the whole physical world. What they did believe was that on December 21, 2012, a god, known as Bolon Yokte’ K’u, or “Lord of Light,” will descend from heaven and a cycle of 5,125 years will be completed. Thus they simply believed that one era ended and new one began on that date. It had happened three times already — it was just the beginning of another cycle.
None of the Mayan engravings refer to any sort of catastrophe at the end of this cycle, and there are even Mayan engravings that refer to dates beyond 12/21/2012. One is at the Temple of Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico, one at Tortuguero, Tabasco, Mexico and one at the La Cornona site in Guatemala. And in 2012, researchers announced the discovery of a series of Mayan astronomical tables in Xultun, Guatemala which plot the movements of the moon and other astronomical bodies in a calendar that stretches more than 7,000 years into the future.
This time I am not terrified. It was a bluff last time, and I am sure it will be a bluff this time, an empty threat. The cult lost a lost of credibility, as far as I am concerned, on January 1, 2000. If I remember, I will treat myself to a delicious dinner on December 21 and an equally delicious breakfast on December 22. If I forget, well, it will be just another day.
Anybody else up for a celebration?