Well, midnight has come and gone on December 21st, and we’re all still here. Perhaps it’s not the end of the world as we know it.
Today marks the supposed end of the 13th cycle in the ancient Mayan calendar, which many believe either signalled either an impending global apocalypse or unprecedented cosmic birth (whatever that means). The modern descendants of the Mayans attributed no such significance to this day — at most, they acknowledged today as marking the end of an era, not the entire world. Just like a regular calendar doesn’t mark a cataclysmic event when it “ends” each December 31st, December 21, 2012 is simply the end of a long-count period on the Mayan calendar. And just like a regular calendar starts again on January 1st, so too does a new cycle begin on the Mayan calendar.
It’s an attractive idea, this belief that ancient cultures were in on some great prophecy that we — blinded by the distractions of modern day society — could never have privy to. But in this case at least, it’s simply not true. Today we’re confronting some of the fear-based predictions with a fascinating, science-based infographic about doomsdays past and present. Let us know your thoughts on December 21, 2012 in the comments below:
via Live Science