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The year 2012

July 14, 2009

Comment for “Ask Ms. Blizzard”

ms bliz i know that it seems kind of stupid to talk about this because it all seems kind of crazy but everywhere on the news people keep talking about how the world is going to end but do you think it could really happen i mean i know its kind of stupid but sometimes i get scared to here that and it seems like they only talk about down here in florida because i went up to north carolina recently and there is absolutley no talk about it up ther but down here its everywhere.So anyway back to the point do you think the world will end in the year 2012

Response:

The year 2012 is significant because it is the year that the Mayan Callendar ends.  The fact that the Mayans had created such a callendar is amazing.  This was an ancient civilization that appears to have understood the passage of time way beyond most people’s imagination.  The accuracy of the callendar astounds scientist today.

The Mayans believed that the world advanced through cycles, (which it does.)  They believed that when one cycle ended, another began.  We celebrate the new year for that very reason.  Every year a new cycle of seasons begins and we look at it as a New Year (we make new year’s resolutions to celebrate that new cycle.)  For the Mayans, the year 2012 just marked the end of one long cycle and the beginning of another one.  They may have believed that that would also bring change, something new, but not necessarily something bad.

What seems to have happened is that some people take this information and are using it to predict what they want to.  It makes news, grabs attention, and can fit into different religious beliefs.  The creators of the callendar simply estimated when one cycle would end and another begin.  Undoubtably, there are people out there who believe that the end of the Mayan Callendar represents the end of life.  This is their opinion and not the opinion of the ancient Mayans.  In turn, they use what they believe to motivate people to buy books, become more religious, or make news.  A book title ” 2012 The end of the World” would sell a lot more copies than one titled “2012 A New Beginning.”

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