Our Clergy have been receiving a good deal of emails from
people who are seriously worried and scared about the end of
the world as foretold by the Mayans and the Mayan Calendar. Probably
because of the new movie that is about to be released "2012" from Centropolis Entertainment and starring John
There is of course a ton of information about the Mayan's
and their Calendar out there on the web. The trick is trying
to separate the hysteria from some of the good academic research.
Is it 2012 or 2220.
The first discussion from the world of academia is the accuracy
of the original translation of the calendar and what methods
were used to determine it's correlation to the Gregorian calendar
we're all used to. The originally accepted translation put the
date of the end of the world at December 23, 2012. But new research
and updated information based on modern era discoveries have
called that date into question.
The Mayans used what today is known as a "Long Count
Calendar", which when applied to what we know about the
Mayan Calendar extends their calendar to December 2220. There
are several very good articles on the web about this subject
by the scientific community who actually know a thing or two
about the Mayans. Here are a few to check out:
Beyond the confusion of the translation, even the idea that
the Calendar makes a prediction of the end of the world is false.
The Calendar itself makes no predictions what so ever. There
are no texts associated with the Calendar that says plant crops
here, gather extra harvests there, or plan the end of the world
on this date. Once again charlatans who scream the loudest to
stir up fear and separate you from your money are shouting louder
than the actual facts.
The frauds have made an assumption (and it's a big one) that
because the calendar ends, it means the Mayans know the world
will end and there's no reason to count the days beyond that
period of time. Not so. The Mayans created an approximately 2000
year calendar and probably decided that's far enough; we'll update
it for the next 2000 years later on. One would think that if
the Mayans were so good at predicting the end of the world nearly
2000 years into the future; why couldn't they predict the demise
of their own civilization just a few decades into their own future?
NPR recently published a short story about 2012 and the doomsday
theories currently prevalent out there on the web. The article
is seemingly tongue in cheek, but when you read about the eMails
NASA scientists and we Clergy are receiving from truly terrified
people; you realize it's not so funny after all.
According to numerous sources on the Internet, in 2012
a planet called Nibiru will collide with Earth, resulting in
the extinction of the human race. Or the Earth's magnetic poles
will flip, causing the rotation of the planet to reverse, resulting
in the extinction of the human race. Or the Earth will fall into
something called a "dark rift"in the Milky Way
resulting in the extinction of the human race.
So, what's NASA doing about it?
"NASA has nothing to do with the Planet Nibiru, because
it doesn't exist,"NASA astrobiologist David Morrison tells
NPR's Guy Raz. "What I am doing is trying to answer all
these people who are really scared, and see if we can't get some
facts out to counteract the mythology on the Internet."
Morrison writes a column called "Ask anesthesiologist" on NASA's
Web site. Some years ago, he started receiving questions from
people genuinely worried about what may happen in 2012.
The questions aren't as funny as you might think. "I've
had three from young people saying they were contemplating committing
suicide," says Morrison. "I've had two from women contemplating
killing their children and themselves. I had one last week from
a person who said, 'I'm so scared, my only friend is my little
dog. When should I put it to sleep so it won't suffer?' And I
don't know how to answer those questions."
Morrison now maintains a 2012 FAQ, where he debunks the doomsday scenarios.
Magnetic poles flipping? "The Earth reverses its
magnetic polarity once every 400,000 to 500,000 years. There's
no reason to think it will happen now, [and] no reason to think
it will cause a problem if it did," he says.
Dark rift? "The dark rift is just a place where there
are dust clouds in the Milky Way. I can't imagine where someone
decided to be afraid of that."
The only real proof for many 2012 believers will come
on Jan. 1, 2013 but Morrison says that won't be the end
of doomsday hoaxes.
"The Planet Nibiru was predicted to hit the Earth
in May of 2003," he says. "As far as I know, it didn't.
And someone just pushed reset, and now it's coming in 2012. So
I don't think we'll ever be rid of apocalyptic stories about
Planet X and the end of the world."
It's a shame we can't save all the misguided people in the
world. But perhaps those of us who take the time and effort to
conduct research from legitimate sources can share what we learn
in order to ease the fears of those who seem to fall into this
I strongly recommend that those who
are interested in this top follow the link to NASAs 2012 FAQs.
You'll learn about the history of these fables, where and how
they started and the real facts behind the history.
The bottom line to those who are truly scared,
"Please don't be scared or worried;
these prophecies are false."