Wednesday April 16, 2014



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Two days and counting…

As I See It
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Considering how crazy people were going over the last couple of impending apocalypses, Iím kind of surprised there arenít more billboards pointing out that the world is going to end of Friday.

Is it because it is not a preacher foretelling the end of the world, but simply a calendar? Are those heathen Mayans just not worthy of a doomsday sign on the side of a bus? Or is it because weíre kinda over the whole End of Days thing?

Quite frankly, thereís been enough horrible stuff happening in the world over the last couple months that might lead some to believe that itís already started Ė massive earthquakes, Hurricane Sandy, the shooting in Newtown just to name a few.

But you know, this kind of stuff happens all the time. There are earthquakes all over the world at pretty much any given time, we just donít hear about them unless thereís a high death count. The tectonic plates are always shifting and moving, and sometimes they shift in a way that causes an earthquake.

Hurricane Sandy is really a sign of climate change more so than the end of the world. Maybe itís time to really rethink out reliance on fossil fuels and get our greenhouse gas emissions down if we want to avoid more Franken-storms in the future?

And the shootingÖ well, I donít know what that was about Ė and neither does anyone else Ė but I donít think itís a signal for anything other than a need to rethink gun control and mental health issues in the States, but thatís a topic for another day.

I never really understood all the hubbub over the end of the Mayan calendar. Yes, they had a calendar thatís thousands of years long, and they had all kinds of mystical knowledge of the stars and whatnot that the society (that wasnít as technologically advanced as we are now) surely must be able to predict the end of the world.

The Maya thing, or the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which is a 5,125-year cycle is supposed to end on Friday has some people claiming that itís the end of the word, otherís claiming itís a Ďspiritual rebirthí or Ďtransformationí and still others calling it a bunch of B.S.

Many Mayan scholars claim that this whole idea of a ĎGreat Cycleí coming to an end is a completely modern concept created by doomsday fanatics.

Did it ever occur to anyone that the Mayan calendar just starts over again?

The Gregorian calendar Ė thatís the one youíve got hanging up in your kitchen and office and pretty much everywhere else Ė ends on Dec. 31. It does this every year, and yet, none of us think the world will end on the calendarís final day. Instead we go find a new calendar and have to make the all-important decision of whether we want to have photos of kittens or outhouses.

So why are we thinking the Mayan calendar is any different?

Itís not. Despite what that completely overblown movie said, the world isnít going to flood, or have volcanoes erupt and Las Vegas isnít going to collapse into the ground. Like the supposed Rapture last year, everyone will just carry on with their daily lives, scrambling to get everything ready for Christmas.

The only significance of Friday is that itís the winter Solstice. Which means the days are going to start getting longer from then on out, and thatís something I think everyone in the Peace can celebrate.

But if Iím wrong, feel free to come find me on the chaos when a volcano surges up from Centennial Park and tell me ďI told you soĒ to my face. Iíll be the one taking photos.


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