1 Year Until…The End?

It’s December 21st 2011, 1 year to go until the Mayan calendar comes to an end. Many have interpreted this to mean the end of the world. The Apocalypse. Revelations. Judgement Day. The End.

Friday 21st December 2012 ~ TGIF takes on a whole new meaning.

There’s no question 2011 has been a tumultuous year. Both Mother Nature and mankind have suffered some extraordinarily tough times but do we really think the end of the world is nigh? The long dead Mayans may have simply decided to stop recording time at this date because they could not have indefinitely recorded every single day, month, year there ever could be. Today also happens to be winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, a date which marks the shortest day and longest night and vice versa, respectively. This may be why they chose to end their calendar at this point.

Let’s look at 31st December 1999 -The Millennium Bug. Many believed technology wouldn’t be able to cope with the turning of the century. The changing of digits, simple numbers. The year meant nothing to technology. It didn’t care. Only we did. Nothing happened. Dashed hopes and red faces were all we suffered, much milder than the predicted alternative.

But now we supposedly have a “credible” source for this doomsday theory. The Mayans. They’ve been lauded as the most developed civilisation for the age they lived in, established well before Christ. But again, is it our interpretation of the meaning of the end of their calendar that is wrong? Did the Mayans explicitly say the world would end on that date? No. Is there any scientific evidence to base this assumption on? No. So, is it likely the world and it’s inhabitants will still be around in 2013? Yes, although no one could ever say for certain. That’s life.

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Posted on December 21, 2011, in Random Musings. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It seems we kooky human beings are always obsessed with the next “End of the World”; the freakout happens at the end of every century, with some other random dates thrown in (indeed, like 12.21.12). It’s produced a lot of fun distaster fiction/film, though. lol

    • Those disaster movies/books have certainly made for enjoyable viewing/reading but I certainly wouldn’t want to live through those kinds of events! I do wonder though, whether our fixation on the end will bring it about that little bit faster as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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