Arma-Bloody-Geddon? Oh, No, Not Again?

The world is going to end in seven days. How do we know? Because, in 1966, a rather dubious American anthropologist, Michael Coe, stated in one of his sensationalist publications:

“…there is a suggestion … that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the 13th [b’ak’tun]. Thus … our present universe [would] be annihilated [in December 2012]…”

In fact, Coe’s date was December 24th, though he later revised it to January 11th 2013. December 21st wasn’t settled on until the 1980s, by another rather dubious ‘Mayan expert’.

No-one, apparently, stops to consider that the writers of the Mayan calendar had to end it somewhere. It couldn’t go on forever. They’d already been working on it for centuries. They were tired, and wanted to go home to their wives and children. Presumably, 2012 was so far in the future there seemed little point in continuing further. After all, they’d all be dead, their children would all be dead, and their children’s children’s children’s children would all be dead, long before 2012.

“I say we end it at the 13th b’ak’tun, Itzananohk’u. What do you say?”

I’m with you, Kukulcan. I’m pissed off with it all anyway. Fuck it, let’s go home.”

The Mayans had some sense. Which is more than can be said for ten percent of the planet’s population today who firmly believe the world will end in one week’s time. (Twelve percent in the United States, but that’s to be expected).

Of course, the same thing happened as the millennium approached. Half the earth’s populace climbed up mountains waiting for Jesus, or Mohammed, or any one of the three hundred and thirty million Hindu gods, to come abseiling down from the heavens while the rest of us just got quietly drunk and thanked all the deities for arranging Armageddon at a weekend, so we didn’t have to go back to work the next day with hangovers.

According to the US media the economy’s doing really well at the moment, with retail sales setting records in the lead up to Christmas. It rather begs the question, if Americans believe the world will end on December 21st, why are they buying all this stuff?

Do they really believe they can take it with them?

See you all on December 22nd.

2 Replies to “Arma-Bloody-Geddon? Oh, No, Not Again?”

  1. End of a cycle, that’s all. Every sane person wishes 21 December 2012 could herald in a new cycle, and mark the end of a cycle of centuries of violence. Perhaps it could, if enough people wished for that.

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