A Major Non-Event Item

By: Daniel Nardini

 Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryThe U.S. government has officially announced that December 21st, will not be the end of the world. In fact, the U.S. government has made it clear that no day of what is left of this year will be the end of the world. They have concluded with (minimal of course) research that an asteroid will not hit the Earth, there will be no giant killer earthquake, there will be no catastrophic climate change that will freeze the planet, and that there will be no chance of the Earth slipping off its axis and crashing into the Sun. While the U.S. government did not say it, I am sure they are convinced that there will be no angels from Heaven to take away all of those blessed and leave all the damned on a disintegrating Earth, nor does the U.S. government believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, Muhammed, the Buddha, or anyone else as a sign of the end of the world.

Yes, as far as the U.S. government is concerned, it will be business as usual. As far as I am concerned, tomorrow and the next year will be the same. Well, I mean nothing cataclysmic will happen. The Mayan end within their calendar is simply the reset of the new era—NOT the end of time or the world. From all information that has been gathered about the Mayan calendar cycle, it simply means the end of one calendar era and the beginning of another. It never denoted the end of time or history or humanity. The idea of what so many believe is the end of the world is a European interpretation of the meaning of the Mayan calendar. It is interesting that the Mayans, who have their own deeply held religious beliefs, did not see an ending of everything. This is important because it means that they did not envisaged the end of the world.

I am sad, however, that there are so many people who seem to believe that the end of the world is nigh. It is estimated that one in ten people believe that the world will end in their lifetimes, and that ten percent of all people in the world believe that the world will end this year (2012). It reminds me of a chapter in European history where so many people believed that the end of the world would come in the year 1000 A.D. Obviously it did not, but even in this century there are still so many people who believe that the end will happen in their lifetimes. The Earth has been around for about 4.54 billion years (give or take 100 million years), so I doubt that it is going anywhere anytime soon. I believe that humanity has at least another one million years to go before we might go into oblivion. There is, of course, no guarantee in anything in life. However, I am going on the premise that tomorrow and the next day will be business as usual.

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