© Miri WTPOTUS December 17, 2012
How about you? Are you worried about Friday? Do you fear that the end of the world is nigh? Are you concerned about the end of the 13th Baktun of the 5,125-year cycle of the Mayan Long Count, which arrives on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012?
Thus ends the fourth world, the fourth creation, in which humans appeared. Or so the ancient Mayans believed.
Some believe this date signifies the end of world. The end of everything.
Others believe it signifies only the beginning of another world. A fifth creation. Whether or not there’s a place in that world for us humans remains to be seen. We’ll know by Saturday!
Scholars disagree about the significance of the date to the Mayans who devised the calendar, although it certainly seems momentous to witness the end of a calendar that takes over 5000 years to complete. Our calendar is a mere 12-months long–one year. When it ends, we throw it away, put up a new calendar, and life goes on.
What do Mayans have to say? [emphasis added]
“We don’t know if the world is going to end,” said Liborio Yeh Kinil, a 62-year-old who can usually be found sitting on a chair outside his small grocery store at the corner of the grassy central square of the town of Uh-May in Quintana Roo state.
“Remember 2006, and the ‘6-6-6’ (June 6, 2006): A lot of people thought something was going to happen, and nothing happened after all.”
Reflecting a world view with roots as old as the nearby Ceiba tree, or Yax-che, the tree of life for the ancient Maya, Yeh Kinil added:
“Why get panicky? If something is going to happen, it’s going to happen.” …
Mayan priest and farmer Petronilo Acevedo Pena says God may punish humanity someday, because people have stopped going to church.
“When people planted their corn fields 50 years ago, everybody from all the towns around would pray” for good harvests, he said. “But when the government started giving out aid, seeds and fertilizer … what do the people do now? They go to the government to ask for help.”
“The world is going to end, but we don’t know when it will end, nobody ever gave a date,” said Acevedo Pena. “They said it would be in 2000, but nothing happened.”
What a strange world we live in.
Some Mayans worried about the world ending on significant dates on the Gregorian calendar, while around the world people from other cultures are worried that the world will end this Friday, with the end of the current cycle of the Mayan Long Count.
Down there in Quintana Roo, Mayan priests complain that Big Government is replacing God in the minds and hearts of the people.
Maybe it is the end of the world. At least the world as we know it. Maybe the ancient Mayans were onto something. A new global world order? Maybe God will punish us then.
Whatever! I tend to agree with Liborio Yeh Kinil:
“Why get panicky? If something is going to happen, it’s going to happen.”