This archetype shows up consistently throughout history and compels human beings to believe that a huge shift or monumental transition is about to happen. In reality, the grand utopian visions and doomsday scenarios, so far at least, have never really come to pass.
The Mayans turned out to be wrong about the end of the world, but there was still a lot of gloom this week as we watched the procession of funerals for victims of the Newtown shooting. On Thursday alone, services were held for four six-year-olds and one seven-year-old. In an attempt at establishing some normalcy for those kids who survived, officials are recreating their classrooms at a nearby school, right down to the art on the walls and the placement of desks and backpacks. That's good for the children; the rest of us need the exact opposite. We need to break the all-too familiar routine of gun-victim funerals and leaders who helplessly throw up their hands. On Wednesday, the president announced that Joe Biden would lead a task force on gun violence. It's a step in the right direction, but only if it results in legislation that makes a week of wrenching funerals begin to seem utterly unfamiliar.
That's the hard part with college admissions. You never know what the quality of the applications looks like until everyone applies -- but once you know that, you can't really do anything to set yourself apart from the crowd. By that point, you are who you are.
I want to be the kind of person who awaits the end of the world like a little kid waits for Santa Claus. If you have that kind of hope, then the only thing funny about the apocalypse is the idea that anyone could predict when it might happen.
With the Mayan calender coming to an end on December 21st, Los Angeles indie duo Hunter Hunted have chosen a very applicable day to release their debut video "End of the World."
So an ancient civilization predicted the end of the world thousands of years ago? And they didn't even have an app for that! Pretty badass. I wonder i...
This has been a lot of discussion of doom and gloom, but the lesson is that while some disasters cannot be avoided we can give our kids the proper tools so that they can have a strong financial future.
As an architecture student, I chose to do my thesis on creating a mobile health care facility that could reach the indigenous people of Copan, Hondura...
To the crazies who are grafting zombies and vampires onto Christmas, I say phooey, fake, outrageous and as old Major Hoople would say, "Fap to you!"
If you are reading this that means we are still here, and yet the old world has faded away and the remnants that are left are dysfunctional. We are at the dawn of a new era. A dear friend of mine put it beautifully when he said, "The past has relinquished its hold on our future."
The Maya never predicted that 2012 would be the Year of the Cigar Box Guitar. They missed the most important story. The end of the world, which ought to be in a couple of hours, is not this year's crucial event.
The Mayans have been getting some great press lately. They've cornered the market on apocalyptic predictions, at least for this week. But the truth is, the end has been nigh for centuries.
The Mayan calendar will come and go but the quatrains are bound to endure. Living in a Nostradamus age, it turns out, is not the end of the world.
Austen died before putting the final polish on Persuasion. She was only forty-one. But "in fiction, . . . blessedly, the dead return to life." Despite her fears about women writers, Jane Austen never was deserted. Her influence is endless. The pen remains in her hand.
For our last podcast of the year, Ron, Josh and Vanessa invited travel writer and Maya 2012 expert Joshua Berman for a closer look at 13 B'ak'tun, a.k.a., December 21, a.k.a. Winter Solstice 2012.