Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today is a Good Day to Die

December 12th, 2012... the end of the world. One way or another, you have heard every theory, superstition and story that goes along with this date, but why? You can thank a bunch of construction workers. The infamous stone tablet that "predicts the end of the world" was discovered at unknown ruin during highway construction in southern Mexico in the 1960s. At the point of its discovery, the tablet was mostly destroyed with many parts missing or simply paved over. What was interpreted of the tattered recording added up to the now infamous date in 2012.

Unfortunately for the dooms-day fanatics, there has been no scientic data to back up the claim of "the end of the world". In the ABC news article, "2012 isn't the End of the World, Mayans insist", Yuchatan Mayan achaeologist, Jose Huchim, argues that locals don't believe in such nonsense, "If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn't have any idea. That the world is going to end? They wouldn't believe you. We have real concerns these days, like rain... It's a special anniversary of creation," (Stevenson, 2009). A day of creation is interpreted as a day of destruction by modern day people? Interesting.

Planet X, Hale-Bopp comet, Y2k, these were all days that something terrible or a "warning" was being given to the human race. The comet missed, the computers kept going and the oceans haven't taken over our beaches yet (I hope they wait until after summer). We may have been warned of the year 2012, but no one ever warned us of John Cusack's awful acting in the film 2012. Throughout time there have always been predictions of armageddon but never any results so in December 12th, 2012, don't spend your life savings and tell off your mother-in-law because she (and you) will still be there the next day.

1 comment:

  1. this is a major concern for many people. I actually do somewhat believe that something, even though as bizarre as it does sound can happen. I watched the discovery channel special and I have doubts that people may be overlooking it. I guess we just need to live every day to its fullest and hope that the best will happen!