Is The World Ending?
As in, a few days from now?Â An ancient Mayan prophecy pinpoints December 21st, 2012, as the end of the world, or at least the end of the earthâ€™s 5,125-year-long cycle.
Benedetto, scientific deep thinker that he is, tried to explain it to me.
â€œYou havenâ€™t heard?â€ he puzzled.
â€œApparently not,â€ I replied.Â â€œYou know I donâ€™t listen to talk radio, the purveyor of all nonsensical newsâ€¦.Â Â So whatâ€™s happening on the 21st, other than that holiday party weâ€™re supposed to attend?â€
â€œWell, this all resulted from a stone tablet found in Mexico.Â The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar seems to end on this date, which doesnâ€™t necessarily mean a thing.Â Personally, I think the scribes got tired, and said, â€˜Let someone else finish writing the calendar later.â€™â€
Naturally, with this info in hand, I somehow got twisted around.Â During the same conversation, the two of us chatted about the date 12/12/12 and I believe I combined the two.Â Hence, the end of the world wasâ€¦ yesterday.
Around noon, we took a break and parked the car on our weekly trek between homes.Â The boys walked the dogs, Benedetto bought our Last Lunch, and we girls went to the bathroom.Â The world could not end on a full bladder, after all.
â€œWell, at least we can continue life on earth with healthy foodâ€¦.â€
â€œNo, the end of the world is not the 12th, itâ€™s the 21st,â€ Benedetto advised me.
Great, I had never exhibited any tendency toward dyslexia prior to this time.Â Obviously, this was the effect that The End had upon me.
â€œSure, itâ€™s the 21st,â€ a 15-year-old friend of the family told me.Â â€œEveryone at school is talking about it.â€
â€œLike what?Â What are they doing to prepare?â€ she had piqued my interest as a social observer.Â Maybe they were getting right with God, and positive things would result from yet another dumb doomsday prediction.
â€œI think itâ€™s something like if we get enough FaceBook friends then it wonâ€™t happen.â€
â€œThat makes sense.Â I mean, FB can do everything else, right?Â Why not save the world?â€
Now that Iâ€™m in the know, Iâ€™ve read that many people are planning trips to safe havens in the French or Turkish countryside where, supposedly, extraterrestrials will emerge from caves and lift off in spaceships with a lucky few.Â And thenâ€¦ The End.
As for me, Iâ€™m making appointments for the dentist and continuing to exercise. Â Just in case.Â Good dental health and physical health go a long way.Â If we got the newspaper, which we don’t, I wouldn’t cancel it.Â If it were really The End coming, I would pray and eat a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream, so you can be sure:Â itâ€™s not happening.Â (The prayer part is pretty normal around here, but ice cream has not crossed the threshold since summer.)
So here we are, headed toward the 21st, as though last-minute shoppers at the mall were not trouble enough, doomsdayers want us to think about The End of the World.Â Are you doing anything to prepareâ€¦ or to celebrate?
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