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.
The movie 2012: Science or Superstition gathers many of these cartographers of the mystical -- as well as a few skeptics -- in a fascinating exploration of an impending apocalypse slated to arrive in a handful of days.
Here on the Riviera Maya, on the Eve of Destruction, ominous signs of the end of the world are everywhere. Yes, it seems that in this tourist mecca of surf and sand, the Mayan prophesies of the End of Days are being heeded.
Mais bien sûr, I had my legs waxed and my hair styled, because I wouldn't want to be caught with a bad hairdo, especially for the end of the world. There might be a photo op on the way.
What if you wake up to see that life will keep going on? What if you still took eight minutes out of every day to reflect, live, and connect with others as if they were your last eight minutes on Earth? Who would you seek out?
Since the beginning of the world, people have predicted the end of the world. But for the average non-extremist, you never had to take any of these doomsday theories seriously. That is, until the Mayan calendar rose in popularity.
Despite the skepticism from the 'real' adults in the family, after watching the 'End of the World' documentary, we made a family pact. Wherever we were, whatever we were doing, whatever our plans, on 12/21/12 we would be together in a place that meant something to all of us.
Although the concept of a Messiah and an end to the world as we know it is not overtly mentioned in the five books of the Torah, it is actually one of the fundamental articles of Jewish faith.
Technology is happening so fast even technology can't keep up. Accelerated consciousness? You're soaking in it.
Whether or not you believe there is some cosmic significance to the date Dec. 21, 2012, the fact that so many people are consciously focusing energy on a specific intention at the same time does have some significance.
Hey, modern people! How's it going? All of you making preparations for the big end of the world coming up in a few days? Really? You are? How did you people ever conquer us anyway? Because, you know what? We were totally kidding. Oh, and you know what also? You can give us back all our gold anytime now.
Despite a number of recent setbacks, The End of the World was proceeding on schedule for Dec. 21, according to a long-standing plan previously known only to astrologers and people who ate a lot of mushrooms.