Friday, December 21, 2012

"It's the end of the world as we know it...

...and I feel fine!"  (The REM song is playing on repeat in my head tonight).

I started to just not blog--since the world is ending tomorrow. You know, the Mayans said so. Or, did they?

I decided to really look into this Mayan calendar thing. I've pretty much been ignoring the hype--though tonight would have been a great night for a massive party in NYC with all my family and friends. (Hey, any reason to be in the city works for me)

Did you know that the Mayans had other calendars that had dates past December 21, 2012? Me either.
In Tim Ciesco's (WSLS) article posted today, Mayan anthropologist Dr. David Anderson states:

"The December 21, 2012 date is based on one calendar (the Mayans) developed called the Long Count Calendar -- a series of 13 cycles that represent approximately 5,000 years.

Friday is in fact the final day of the final cycle -- but Anderson says nowhere on the calendar or in any Mayan artifact do the Maya indicate the world would end on that day."

Interesting! So where did this idea that the world was ending come from? In the article, Anderson continues:

""All of these interpretations about what will happen on this date are entirely modern and come entirely from the Western World," said Anderson. "All of these ideas of Apocalypse and spiritual transformation really only start showing up in the 1960s and 70s and on.""

The calendar everyone is talking about, known as monument six, was carved about 700 AD. Did you know that it is broken, and half is missing? Who knows what the missing part says? It could be anything. It could be a recipe for the best cheesecake ever. 

Still, we humans love to ponder the Apocalypse--we love drama. Fortunately, we have plenty of awesome books to read about the world ending--we don't have to go through the real deal to get that rush of adrenaline. Thank goodness! Do you have a favorite disaster book? Or movie? 

See you next week, I hope! 
Kerry


2 comments:

  1. I grew up watching the Mad Max movies with Mel Gibson about life after the apocalypse. I can still remember the scene when he meets all the little kids in the tree village and they show him the plane that will never fly again.

    Great post!

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  2. You mean I shouldn't have stuffed my cupboards with extra food. I swear xi have a six month/year supply of some things. I won't starve!

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