The World is Not Coming to an End December 21, 2012
by JIM “PAPPY” MOORE
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There are some people who are certain the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 means bad things are going to happen here on planet earth as that day arrives. I predict that on December 21, 2012, the gravest impact will be on the scheduling of the History Channel, figuring out what to run in the time slots previously used to talk about planet Nibiru, the galactic alignment, and other elements of the gloom and doom mantras.


While I find the dialogue on the topic fascinating and good after dinner talk, I believe the Mayan experts when they say there is no end coming on that date. They point out that the Mayan looked at life here on earth as going through cycles, and that the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 is merely the end of a cycle.


Every calendar ends, and each calendar's end means the end of that particular cycle. We use annual calendars and we understand that when December 31 of the year rolls around, it means that year has ended, and only that year. It doesn't mean the world is coming to an end or that any calamity faces the world because the year ends. It means an artificially contrived moment in time is picked for the change in what we know as a year. The year we measure is based upon astronomic events, namely, the earth completing its annual trip of three hundred sixty five and one quarter days around the sun. We use that extra day in leap year every four years to play "catch up" with those one quarter days accrued each year.


The Mayan lived and thrived between about 200 and 900 of the Common Era, or 200 A.D. to 900 A.D., as many of us know it. The science behind some of their astronomical work, however, is believed to predate them. The Olmec of Central America were believed to be their predecessors. The Mayan were similar to many peoples of ancient time, in that they watched the skies, particularly the night skies, and made sound observations about the movement of celestial bodies across the sky. Their sky watching helped them develop accurate measurements of time involving many millennia.


There are several parts to the mythology surrounding December 21, 2012. One theory is that an unknown planet called Nibiru is headed on a collision course with earth, and that such planet was spoken of in ancient middle eastern texts. Scientists at NASA have gotten into the fray, as literally thousands of inquiries to them have sought information on the supposed flight of the errant planet alleged to be this planet Nibiru. Scientists at NASA insist that no such planet exists, and there is certainly no such planet streaking toward earth. They point out that if such a planet was on a collision course with earth, it would already be visible in the skies. Such logical approaches to illuminating the topic have not swayed those dedicated to the myth of the planet Nibiru. Ominous tones and dire warnings on you tube videos warn of the coming disaster.


Another prominent theory holds that the celestial alignment which occurs on December 21, 2012 is one which very seldom occurs, as the planets in our solar system align. It is supposed by some that this alignment will cause cataclysmic events on planet earth. The most common disturbance predicted is the shift of the magnetic north and south poles, which would bring utter chaos to electrical machinery throughout the globe.


Scientists have attempted to debunk that myth, as well, with little luck. Astronomers have pointed out that this galactic alignment occurred before as recently as 1998, when such alignment was even more complete than it will be this December 21, 2012. Such sensible talk is dismissed by those enraptured by the lure of end times, which is a compelling one for some humans. So let me go on record saying it. Nothing catastrophic will occur on December 21, 2012. The next day will be Saturday, December 22, 2012, and on that day, my column will be here and it will say "I told you so."





© 2012, Jim “Pappy” Moore,

All Rights Reserved.

Jim “Pappy” Moore is a native son of East Texas who still makes the piney woods his home. oaktreefm58@juno.com


  
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Don S
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December 21, 2012
I tried to convince a lady of interest that certain things should happen soon with Dec. 21 drawing near. My request was not honored and the world did not end. Perhaps I should tell her "Thank you!"
b_29
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December 17, 2012
i do believe that there will be no happen this coming 12-21-2012...God only knows everything...
kathley
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December 20, 2012
yah your ryt

Ol' Bob
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December 16, 2012
There are too many people in this world who have too little to worry about...
Jethro and Enis
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December 16, 2012
Who's that? She's my sister momma. Well, who's he? He's my uncle brother.
Susan C
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December 16, 2012
Of course, you know, if you're wrong we're all going to be really annoyed and we will be forced to remove your name from our annual holiday card mailing lists. No glittery santa cards for you.

A good-sense article. I enjoyed reading it.
Susan C
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December 16, 2012
I should probably not renew my subscriptions to any mags for papers for next year, right?
False Security
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December 16, 2012
I'm not that shocked by people thinking the world will end. what shocks me is the people who think they can actually prepare it. Let me know how that bunker holds up to a stray planet hitting the earth or whatever nonsense you think is going to occur
Smeezle
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December 16, 2012
Fun article, keep 'em coming into the new cycle!!
ruban
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December 20, 2012
watz ur contact number? give me with your country code together. im from malaysia. indian.
Southern Sandman
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December 16, 2012
I think the Mayans simply ran out of stone for their tablets...
Rondean
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December 16, 2012
THAT is exactly what I have been telling everyone...!
Duboist
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December 16, 2012
For 250,00 to 300,000 the world comes to an end every day.

None of us can avoid that day. Prepare.
lewy
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December 16, 2012
i honistly dont belive that the world will end on the 21st, but, who know's? america might piss of some important peaple and get the hole world involved in a nuclear war., and it wold have no conection to the 21st, no one know's.

Sayward
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December 16, 2012
I hate to be the troll that does this, but your spelling, punctuation, and grammar are no less than atrocious. That little red squiggly line below your words does not mean 'good job'. It means " I'm wrong! Right click on me to see how to spell what you actually meant!"
Hanno Phoenicia
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December 16, 2012
It shouldn't even be necessary to publish an article like this. The Mayans are not magical people who know the future and they don't have any doomsday beliefs of any kind. This idiocy is from US new age religious nonsense.
mani mohamed
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December 16, 2012
the very thought of an end is catastrophic

human survival is based on wish to live on.....

a sudden death and resurrection is fatal to the whole universe ..even god cannot do so .. as the system is engulfed .100 million galaxy ..go dark...

so Mayan or the Maya (invisible) straighten your mind ....
no need
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December 16, 2012
WTF are you talking about mohammed? You're demented
Rondean
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December 16, 2012
I hear they didn't even use deodorant...
BabyDoc
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December 16, 2012
I look forward to a retraction on the 22d instead of an "I told you so."

Good Lord, man. Do you really believe a majority of people believe the world is really going to end on the 21st?

You put a lot of effort into debunking something that needs no debunking.

DBinCalifornia
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December 16, 2012
I look forward to the "I told you so" column - sensibility still thrives!
yg tan
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December 16, 2012
our world will end many many many millions years from now!

just live as you are and be happy

Just those idiotic rumor mongers
Jack Diligence
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December 16, 2012
Too late. Bad things are already happening.
Hanno Phoenicia
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December 16, 2012
Bad things have happened thruout the history of our species. The Mayans are busy with their Yucatan tourist trade and are not interested in your new age beliefs.
Abel76
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December 16, 2012
The olmecs are from mexico. Mexico is in north america. Not central america
Hanno Phoenicia
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December 16, 2012
This is true, but the article was far more inaccurate than just that. The Olmecs are not the ancestors of the Mayans, their civilizations arose around the same time. The Mayans originated in Guatemala and part of their population later migrated to the Mexican Yucatan. Both populations still live there today. The Olmecs are believed to be the ancestors of the later Zapoteca Indians (of whom Benito Juarez was one)and lived in Southeast Mexico.
Armend Ismaili
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December 16, 2012
I just wand to know who started the first with this theory of 21.12.2012 end of the world.

This is a sample how we humans easily fall into doubt.

If we trust in GOD,let hem do the end of the world,we have not build the earth but maybe we can destroy it.
Alucai Vivorvel
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December 16, 2012
Amen!
Hanno Phoenicia
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December 16, 2012
It has nothing to do with the Mayans and was invented by new age religion people in the US. The Bible tells us we don't know when the end of the world will come.
Ron Bockman
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December 16, 2012
try to get laid on the 20th just in case
DaveACIM
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December 16, 2012
that is the most sensible thing I have seen in this post :) good luck to you and all!

James B
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December 16, 2012
I have physical proof that the world won't end on 12/21/12.

I would take a picture of it, but most people would probably say its computer generated. So I'll just tell you about it.

You probably have the same proof in your very home.

I opened up my refrigerator (and you can too) and I found that my milk doesn't expire until 12/26/12. So we must be able to make it past 12/21/12.
DaveACIM
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December 16, 2012
Excellent!! just buy some milk!! thank GOD for the cows!!!
Itnojcip
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December 16, 2012
You can't possible know the world won't end. In saying that you are the same as people saying it will. I say believe it will end as most people are slaves and sick of living in this world controlled by a few elite scummy people. All men are equal and I think people are ready to go to a place where that law reigns supreme. As a hive of collected thoughts lets all believe and have fairh the end is here. Peace be unto you all!
sykea
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December 16, 2012
fuck your ass!

Stress301
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December 16, 2012
You are crazy. It's people like you who give the media fuel to burn. You should have gone with the people who thought they could catch a ride on the comet hail bop. hahaha
FSM
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December 16, 2012
I really feel sorry for you. It's deluded people like you who I hope never get close to the white house. Self fulfilling prophecy much?
KEref
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December 16, 2012
Shut the hell up