Well here it is, late December, 2012, a date long awaited by doomsday theorists, a time when many believe our world will end. Others, more optimistic, tell us they anticipate the beginning of a great new era, a time of introspection, cleansing, and cosmic awareness. Still, the general feeling is that our world will end, specifically and exactly, on December 21, 2012. Dare we take these end of the world soothsayers lightly? In China and Russia, as well as in the United States, merchants are seeing sales of shelter supplies increase. In France, many devotees are planning a mountain-top convergence to await the aliens from space.
The main source of the December, 2012, theory of the end has been the much touted and very elaborate work of the Mayans, the Mayan calendar. The Mayans were far ahead of their time, dwelling in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala; they became extinct as a society about 1,200 years ago. The Mayans divided the time cycles of Earth into “world ages.” We are now living, according to Mayan tradition, in the fourth age. The gods, they tell us made several attempts at creation. The first three such attempts failed. Happily, a fourth attempt was successful. According to the Mayans, we are living in the “fourth world” which began on the eleventh of August, 3114 BC, in terms of the Gregorian calendar. This “fourth world” will end on December 21, 2012.
A prominent Mayan astronomer, Maud Worcester Makemson, declared in a 1957 writing that the completion of the Fourth World will be of “utmost significance.” Michael D. Coe in 1966 went considerably further; “There is a suggestion,” he writes, that “that Armageddon will overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation — our present universe — will be annihilated during December of 2012.”
As if that weren’t enough to worry about. The I Ching Book of Changes, a classic Chinese text, points to a numerical formula that analyses the “ebb and flow” of the universe, and culminates with the determination that the “end of time” in combination with “interconnectedness” will reach a “singularity of infinite complexity in 2012, at which point anything and everything imaginable will occur simultaneously.” This conclusion which one Terence McKenna reached in the 1970’s seems a precursory version of the works of modern quantum physicists and current string theory.
Wait, there’s more! Indian guru Kalki Bhagavan, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, has said since 1998 that “2012 marks the end of the Kali Yuga, or degenerate age.” Sources say that 15 million of India’s people agree with the writings of Bhagavan.
I am compelled to continue. There is growing belief among some in the United States and the West that an apocalyptical alignment is coming between the Sun and a supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy which will create havoc on earth. Take courage. Most discount this particular theory as “bunk.”
Here’s the last, and maybe the best. Science and History Channel viewers know that a “gamma ray burst” occurring at the death of a star, even in a vastly distant region, will end all life on earth. This doesn’t happen often, every several billion years, but if such a burst were to occur there would be no warning (the burst coming toward us at the speed of light), and all life on earth would be extinguished. While media outlets haven’t said much about the gamma ray burst scenario, there is speculation that the red supergiant Betelgeuse will nova at some time in the foreseeable future. Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! The imagination reels!
There is cause for optimism. Many fight fans worldwide witnessed the non-title welterweight boxing match in the Philippines on Saturday night, December 9, between Manny Pacquiao, and the Mexican Pride, Juan Manuel Marquez. It has been noted that presidential contender Mitt Romney was on hand for the bout, in support of Pacquiao. Pacquiao has been plagued for years by an odd jinx; his victories are unexplainably followed, exactly 13 days later, by catastrophic disasters. 13 days after a Pacquiao victory in 2006, a tragic stampede brought loss of life to Manila. Then, 13 days after that, the Philippians were swept by terrible mudslides. Mount Mayon erupted 13 days after a Pacquaio victory. And exactly 13 days after yet another Pacquiao win, a devastating explosion ripped through a Glorietta shopping complex at Ayala Center in Makati, Metropolitan Manila. Consider then, dear reader, that December 21, the predicted day for the end of everything-on-Earth, is precisely 13 days beyond the December 9th match. Good fortune! In round six of the matchup, Juan Manuel Marquez scored an overhand right punch to the face of Pacquaio who went nose-first down in the ring, where he lay motionless for several seconds. Marguez won the contest on the strength of this knockout punch. Since Pacquiao lost, disaster may have been averted!
NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration is calling all this, “Scary rumors; fear mongering!” In Russia, Vladimir Puchkov issued a statement saying, ‘the world will NOT END this month. In South and Central America, there prevails a mixed reaction: the Mayor of one mountain town in Brazil has urged residents to stock up on supplies in preparation for “the worst.” In Yucatan, Mexico, home to a large Mayan population, they are making December 21 plans for a festival in connection with the end-event.
If it ends on December 21, we can all remember that it was great. Myself, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
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