The World Is Not about to End

So, tomorrow is supposed to be the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar, right? Everybody (more or less) knows about this, how the calendar only predicts dates up to Dec. 21, 2012. Ignoring the fact that the Mayans didn’t account for the extra quarter day per year that the Earth gets in its rotation (which is why we have a leap day every four years {and also means that the world would have ended some time back}), there are other reasons that this pop-culture exercise in eschatology (the study of the end of the world) just doesn’t hold up. Here is one of them. Here is another. Both of these articles talk about calendars that have been discovered that project dates well beyond 2012. The Mayans weren’t trying to find the end of the world, they were hoping to find that it would never end.

Sorry folks. You’ll still have to go to work Friday (unless you have the day off). Any projects you’ve been putting off are going to come due. Christmas will still come.

That said, it’s been fun to think about “the end of the world as we know it.” The possibility of everything coming to an end or changing drastically puts our current lives into perspective. We waste our time on a lot of things that we wouldn’t miss if they went away. We don’t invest the kind of time we ought to into more fulfilling pursuits, like spending time with our families and friends.

I personally am glad that things aren’t over. I just (well, in November really) finished the first draft of my novel, and I’m not done with the edits yet. I’d love to hold the hardcover copy of that in my hands before the world ends.

But, say the Earth was going to be destroyed (or perhaps our current mode of life were to be irrevocably changed), not tomorrow, but in three months, and you knew it was coming, what would you do differently in your life?

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~ by lamichaud on December 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “The World Is Not about to End”

  1. Haha, “pop-culture exercise in eschatology.” You are such a great writer. Happy end of the world!

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