Is Mayan calendar crimping your Christmas plans?
People are interpreting the infamous “Mayan calendar” to mean the world will end on or around Dec. 21.
A Reuters survey of 16,000 people in 21 countries shows that at least 10 percent of the population is genuinely concerned that all will be annihilated on that date.
Gosh, if you believe this, what’s the point of all these Christmas preparations? Why did I bother buying gifts? I might as well skip sending cards and spend the postage money on last-minute indulgences. Putting up all those outside decorations was a waste of time, as well.
Cagle columnist Danny Tyree has another take. “The diehard true believers, who’ve immersed themselves in occult tomes and survivalist manuals, inspire me to paraphrase my favorite line from ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’: ‘I know an end-of-the-world scenario when I see one. And I should know—I’ve been through a few.’”
The cover story in the USA Weekend magazine included with your Sunday Gazette likewise offered comments from scientists who explain why they don't believe the world will end yet this year.
“Some scholars admit that there’s a grain of truth behind the farfetched predictions but say that the ‘end of the world’ is much more narrowly focused than the universal cataclysm usually pictured,” Tyree adds.
Tyree says some New Age types instead view Dec. 21 as the start of a touchy-feely “dawning of the age of Aquarius” sort of transformative spiritual event.
He concludes: “Maybe we should all just ignore the hype, focus on cherishing our loved ones on Christmas, change our fire alarm batteries on New Year’s Eve and make sincere resolutions for a bright 2013. It wouldn’t be the end of the world.”
Are you at all nervous or carrying on as usual this holiday season?