Skip to comments.Who's Afraid of the Mayan Calendar?
Posted on 03/25/2009 7:23:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Did someone mention Doomsday?
For those who miss the good old days of the easygoing 20th century, a shrill reminder of Y2K is back.
At least the mounting fear that an upcoming date could be the death of us all.
Late last week, Prof. John Beddington, the U.K. government's chief scientist, warned a sustainable development conference that a "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources will land on the world's doorstep in 2030.
But those souls who can't wait that long to panic, mark 2012 on your armageddon-out-of-here calendar. A growing number of books and blogs revolve around Dec. 21, 2012, when the 5,125-year-long cycle of the Mayans' calendar draws to an abrupt close.
Works such as Michael Drosnin's bestseller The Bible Code predict space meteors may plow into the earth.
Self-described alien contactee and author Riley Martin has theorized a great mother ship could return in 2012.
Author Dannion Brinkley predicts in his book Secrets of the Light that humanity will go through a spiritual transition in the same year the world goes through physical changes.
Some scientists argue an alignment of our entire solar system will take place, though according to the journal Nature, it'll be another 30 million years before that happens.
Others predict a legendary and much-debated heavenly body -- often dubbed Planet X -- will enter our solar system to throw our world for a loop.
Author Lawrence Joseph, whose book Apocalypse 2012 takes a science-based look at the threat of Earth's weakening magnetic field and the part the sun may play as it pelts us with storms, is quickly writing another to feed the public hunger and the mouths of his two young children.
Joseph makes a case that modern science and old beliefs will converge in 2012 and that it could be a cataclysmic or at least pivotal point in human history.
"I am sorry if I've made people afraid," he says from his Los Angeles-area home. "But where there is a genuine danger approaching, the fear has to be mastered."
He says he routinely gets mail from people asking if they should run for the hills, and he tells them: "Don't -- unless you're a person who loves the countryside. Our salvation is in building stronger networks in our community."
The good news is many scientists say foretelling future events in the lifespan of the world is like predicting where the first raindrop will land during a storm.
Canadian-born academic and Maya authority Sandra Noble believes too many people have hijacked an important and triumphant date -- the survival and evolution of an ancient calendar -- and turned it into a foreboding threat.
Any physical anomalies Earth may go through are not related to the end of one measurement and the start of a new cycle, she adds.
"It's just another chance, like Y2K, to publish a book," says Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Florida.
There even exists a lingering debate about just when the Mayan calendar ends its phase -- possibly two days later, on Dec. 23, 2012.
So, all that December, just relax and party like it's -- in the Mayan way -- "188.8.131.52.0 4 Ajaw 3 K'ank'in".
Though your Visa bill will still arrive in January.
December 31, 2012...
Well, it’s gonna suck when Sarah Palin is the President-elect on that date and we never get to see her sworn-in...
Er... December 21...
As long as I don’t have to live under another 4 year obama regime, death is club med.
It won’t matter to Christians who expect Jesus to return every day. We are ready and fervently pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
My calendar ends every year.
The mayans were such geniuses they couldn’t foresee their own demise. So of course their calendar end of the world is believable. Duh.
Let's be reasonable. Can't we at least wait until Star Trek X?
You mean who’s afraid of the big bad wolf.
The Winchester Mystery calendar?
Which brings me to one of my hobby horses:
We already agree that our calendar is wrong, off by anywhere from 2 to 16 years, depending on who’s doing the reckoning, and further in error because of the absence of a year zero.
The more fundamental point is that God did not intend us to mark His years by the birth of Jesus.
If He had intended this we would have a Biblical fixing of the date.
Further, the day of Jesus’ birth is unremarkable as all men are born.
However, very few return from the dead, that event is remarkable, and it is the defining moment of Christianity, the very moment of proof that his sacrifice was not in vain. And the Bible gives a precise reference for when this happened!
Clearly this was the date the calendar was supposed to start!
For extra points, this makes our calendar off by anywhere from 17 to 30 years. That makes this something like Holy Year 1988 to Holy Year 1975, giving us anywhere from 12 to 25 years to get our affairs in order before the real end of the millennium...
Why? Nemesis sucked! (And it was on the ridiculously named AMC tonight.)
I think you mean Star Trek XI ;-)
Yes, I agree. Their magic calendar didn’t foresee the fact that for practical matters, they would become extinct.
People who give these ghost stories any mind are silly.
But we are so smart today we still don't know what happen to them. That space guy that helped them may have known something.
you’re right. too bad your football team sucks. jk my football team sucks even more. if we could hold off on the apocalypse until the 49ers are good again— that would be much appreciated. just need, 20-30 years.
Maybe the Mayans foresaw Odumbass? Four years of him and his merry band of imbeciles just might end the world.
Never occurred to me to try that....>:-]
[Caligula was on the list next, actually]
Got to remember not to waste my money on Christmas shopping that year!
Naaah...it’s just one of those annoying folk art things where you shift the months and numbers blocks around.
My mom has one and I mess with it every chance I get.
Well, they won a Super Bowl once in my lifetime, so I'm fairly satisfied. I mean, imagine being a Browns or Lions fan. But your boys have a storied history.
“That makes this something like Holy Year 1988 to Holy Year 1975”
Does this make me 16 again?
I luv, I luv, I luv My Calendar Girl Sweet Calendar Girl Every day of the yearrrrr!
“The horror... The horror...”
Yes, true. Very dishonest.
Of course this is all bogus, but I think I read somewhere that they did predict their own demise. I remember that from something I read as a child so take it for what it is worth. :)
[ya gotta admit...the analogy *so* fits]....:)
People are no doubt making such arguments. I think calling them scientists is inappropriate.
Kooks and weirdos is probably more appropriate.
If the Western Civilization and culture were as strong and confident today as they were 100 years ago, this Mayan Calendar nonsense would be a joke restricted to the likes of the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS. The End of Times, indeed!
I wonder how long it’ll be before they slaughter the water buffalo on the WH grounds... maybe 12/20/2012 ?
Hmmmmm.....is that *really* a “garden” Mo is making out back?
“I luv, I luv, I luv My Calendar Girl...”
but Yma Sumac is Incan.
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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I know that Drosnin was into wild assertions, but "The Bible Codes" makes no such claim.
All that has been ironed out in recent years, and the calendar error has been fixed at approximately two years. By our calendar, Christ was born on September 29, 2 B.C. (The Feast of Tabernacles fell on 9-29 that year)
"...and further in error because of the absence of a year zero."
Did you have a hard time with algebra?
A year zero would really foul up our number system. Zero is a place, but not a year. It is the beginning of the first year, A.D. and the ending of the first year B.C. This makes the calendar work perfectly with our number system.
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