The world is coming to an end!
Some claim on Dec. 21 the world will come to end as predicted by the Mayan calendar.
It has caused panic in some areas of the world and a rush on survival supplies and fuel, such as China and Russia, according to a Telegraph Media Group web article.
Apparently these people missed the numerous previous predications of world demise.
Wikipedia lists about 200 predictions that claimed when the world would end.
One of the first listed by the website was dated 634 BC (before Jesus Christ walked the earth). The Romans thought their work would be destroyed in the 120th year of their empire’s founding.
Following the death of Jesus, some of his followers predicted his return and the end of the world on several occasions, some set it at 400 years after his death while others set it at 500 years.
Even Pope Sylvester II got into the future telling game by predicting the Millennium Apocalypse would happen Jan. 1, 1000.
Many of the people making these predictions were of a religious bent.
When their predictions failed to come true, they, or their followers, just revised the date.
Even Christopher Columbus predicted the end of the world, which was supposed to be in 1658.
A more recent prediction came from evangelist Pat Robertson, who said the world would end in the fall of 1982. I remember that year, I was in junior high school. He later revised the date to 2007.
As the calendar flipped into a new century, it was usually accompanied by a new slate of predictions from religious members, such as Jerry Falwell, psychics and even Isaac Newton, who predicted the world would end in 2000.
While some believe the 5,125 year Mayan calendar has the end date, there are more predications listed, some dating to 2280.
Various scientists believe the world will end in 5,000,000,0000 with the sun becoming a red giant star, resulting in destruction of the earth.
According to the Wikipedia website, other scientists believe the earth will be around even after that.
So what is the truth?
Everything comes to an end. But it is not today and not tomorrow. Why look for an end?
There is more to life than looking for the end.
Don’t give your money or possessions to people or religious orders because the world is coming to an end.
So far all of the predictions have been wrong. And, if you are reading this, the Mayan prediction joins the league of past predictions.
As the winter solstice arrives, I hope you celebrated the longest night and that the days will grow longer. Find something you enjoy doing and do it to keep your mind off that all things have an ending.
As this year draws to a close, reflect on all of the things that have happened in the past 365 days and imagine the adventures that await you in the new year.
I plan on trying to forget the pain, illness and sadness of 2012. I looking forward to the new adventures, joy and surprises in store for me in 2013.
All those who continue to predict the end of the world are doing nothing but scare people and sap the joy from the lives around them.
It does not matter if it is the guy on the street corner with a sandwich board telling people to repent because end is near or religious leaders and psychics, shut them out.
Don’t let all the hype overwhelm you. Remember Y2K? There was a lot of hype and not even a hint of a problem as the computers continued to work and life went on.