The big Mayan calendar apocalypse was a dud

by David Peck

Well, we survived. The world didn’t end last Friday. The great Mayan Calendar apocalypse was a fizzle.

mayancalendarA rogue planet didn’t smash into the Earth, a solar flare didn’t burn our planet to a crisp, we weren’t swallowed up by a black hole, an alignment of planets didn’t cause the Earth to spin off its axis, no massive flood took place and Los Angeles didn’t fall into the sea.

I wonder how the guy feels who built the multi-million-dollar doomsday bunker in the mountains of Spain or the folks who sold everything to build up years worth of stores in a cave or the guys in China who spent their life savings to build arks in anticipation of a great flood.

Do they feel stupid?

Personally, I found the Mayan calendar doomsday predictions to be laughable, and many scientists first shook their heads at the “prophecy,” then wrote papers and made videos to debunk the predictions.

And yet, apparently, there were lots of people who believed the propaganda, including throngs of New Age adherents who flocked to ancient Mayan sites across Mexico and Central America, so much so that a gathering of some 7,000 New Agers last week apparently did irreparable damage to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala, holding ceremonies, dancing, climbing ancient temples and dressing up as “shamans” while the real Mayans who live there no doubt shook their heads in disbelief.

But how many people really believed this stuff about the Mayan calendar? Did anyone you know believe the world was going to end last Friday?

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, “With Dec. 21, 2012, quickly approaching, people around the world are grappling with doomsday phobia and fears of an impending apocalypse.”

Really? Do you know anyone who was “grappling with fears” regarding the Mayan apocalypse? Did anyone you know truly fear an impending series of doomsday earthquakes, volcanoes or tsunamis?

Apparently, someone took some kind of worldwide poll that said one in 10 people feared that the world would end last Friday, but when you think about it, that’s probably about the same percentage of people who have phobias of various kinds, like a fear of clowns, dentists and spiders.

It’s funny how people won’t believe a NASA scientist or a Mayan scholar, but they will believe a nutcase on the Internet. Uffdah!

And so the Mayan prophecy was a hoax. There was no Planet Nibiru or Planet X, no shifting of magnetic poles, no incredible planetary alignment, no planet-incinerating solar flare, no swarm of earthquakes and erupting mega-volcanoes, no end of the world on Dec. 21 – just the winter solstice, as always.

In other words, the doomsayers were wr-wr-wr-wrong.

I always wonder how the people feel who believed a specific doomsday date on the calendar once that date has passed and the sun came up for a new day – like the folks in the Church Universal and Triumphant in Montana who believed Elizabeth Clare Prophet in 1990 that the world would end on April 23. There are dozens of other examples. Do they sit around and stare at each other, with crickets chirping?

Some folks just need something to believe in, so empty, apparently, are their lives, even if it is a Mayan doomsday prophecy.

As for me, I guess I wouldn’t believe in anything anymore if it weren’t for my lucky astrology mood watch. (Apologies to Steve Martin.)