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7 Myths About the End of the World

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1. December 21, 2012: The “End” of the Mayan Calendar

As I write this, December 21, 2012 isn’t even over yet in most of the world, but suffice to say it probably won’t happen. If it does, though, no one will be around to correct my mistake, so it’s a bet I’m willing to take. One of the prevailing theories goes that the Mayan calendar abruptly ends on 12/21/12. The Mayans were astute scientists — if they didn’t bother to continue their calendar after that date, the theory goes, — it’s because the world won’t exist any longer.

The part that’s left out of this theory? Well, the Mayans didn’t mean for December 21, 2012 to be the end of the world, they meant it to be the end of a cycle of time. A new cycle will start on what we refer to as December 22, 2012, and what the Mayans,  would call Day 0. Think of it as, well, New Year’s Day on steroids.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:26AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

interesting :)

5:25PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Yes it is all very entertaining...

9:59AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

What I don't understand is, why are people so ready to predict the END of the world? What's up with that? The Mayans just said that date was the end of an 5000 year ERA but because people are so quick
to interpret that into the end of the world just amazes me..What would really be nice if someone
would predict the enlightenment of the world. Like on 2-02-2013, people would become enlightened and all animal cruelty, any type of family abuse, Mother nature abuse and human abuse would stop..that kindness, health, intelligent procreation, equal pay and education for all would be enacted. That men, women. arts and sports would have equal respect. You know enlightenment. Guns and tobacco would be outlawed because people of all nations would be able to speak and listen with understanding and cooperation for their respective countries and the care of their people. Health and education would be high on the scale of how well a country was valued not how powerful or vicious they could be..2-02-13 would be a massive "change of heart and higher thinking" instead of the end of the world and fear mongering. How about we work on that instead of always being so quick to end it all? That is a personal nice of the those wanting the end so bad would just do it and leave the rest of us to try and make it better for all that want to live a quality life.

1:04PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

When I was little, I was scared to death thinking that the world was going to end and I would never go to prom, go to college, become a vet,get married, and have kids. I would pray to God begging him not to let the world end. As I got older, I realized that no one never knows when the world will end. The only one that do knows is the all mighty father himself. He is letting us live the life we all were born on this earth to do. Until then, I am going to live my life to the fullest! :)

7:57PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Most likely we will kill ourselves and the planet before number 7 happens. I dont believe in god or any other ghost stories so I don't worry.

6:16PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

every year or so we are told about another end of the world day, yet here we still are.

7:49AM PST on Dec 29, 2012


6:01AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

One day ...Maybe ??

4:44PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

People shouldn't force meaning and certainty out of the unknown.

2:21PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Hello, I'm from Mexico, and more specifically, from the Mayan lands. The Mayans never said anything about the end of the world. The Stela 6 of Tortuguero, which refers to 2012, is eroded enough as to be imposible its reading. What can be read is the date and the 'descent of Bolom Yokte'", god related to war and creation. Even now, in the Mayan oral tradition, no one spoke of such event. However they are now seen as liars because Hollywood, its movies, the Mexican government and anyone who could profit from morbidity said the Mayans predicted such tosh. Who are the liars? Here many people continue with a traditional way of life. How was it possible for them to belie what the mass media was selling? How was it possible to defend themselves from the low men and the parody they made from the real Mayan tradition? They Mayan tradition is not a tourist attraction! Shameful! How many expected a cosmic beam to destroy the world or cleanse evil? The men from the Mayan tradition and so many other siblings (I avoid using the word 'indigenous' because it is imposed. 'People' is the word) have always known that to destroy the world men and their ambition is more than sufficient; and to save the world we must live orderly, with respect to our world, with honour.

Thank you for this article. Now that the people of the Mayan tradition is seen as a bunch of liars and a bunch of ignorants because of something they never said, it is probable that the Mexican government, the oil companies and

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