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End of the World Paranoia

When I visited Mexico, I toured some of the Mayan ruins. I remember hearing over and over again how wise the Mayans were and how they were able to predict their own demise. It is for this reason, I am led to believe, that we are supposed to pay special attention to their calendar and take heed of their warning that the world will end in 2012. After all, 2012 is when the Mayan calendar ends.

But don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, it is possible that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 because they felt like that was far enough in the future that they could stop for a bit before making more calendar?

My current calendar ends this December, but I do not think this is the printer’s way of trying to hint to me that on December 31, 2009, the world has a preordained date with a catastrophe. No, instead I recognize that a calendar has to stop at some point in time, so why not December?

Maybe the individuals who were making the Mayan calendar just got tired. One of them, whom I will hereon refer to as “Jim,” probably said to the others, “Dudes, we’ve already gone, like, 1,000 years into the future. Let’s take a break for a decade or so and then get back to this. To be honest, my hands are cramping, and I could really go for a refreshing glass of water.” Obviously, the others would have agreed with what Jim was saying because, after all, they were way ahead of the game. Besides that, Jim was super cool and everyone was always trying to impress him.


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