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  • Alix Kunkle: December isn't going to be the end of the world

  • Ever since this whole uproar started about Dec. 21, 2012, being the "end of the world," according to the Mayans, it seems like everyone's been planning their End of the World party –– or investing in all the toilet paper and bottled water they can find.

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  • Ever since this whole uproar started about Dec. 21, 2012, being the "end of the world," according to the Mayans, it seems like everyone's been planning their End of the World party –– or investing in all the toilet paper and bottled water they can find.
    But it's time to put an end to these shenanigans. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, folks, but December isn't going to be the end of the world.
    From the beginning, I've never believed these claims that the Mayans believed December 2012 is the end of the world.
    Don't get me wrong –– the Mayans were extremely smart people. Much smarter than a chunk of today's population. But I've never believed that even they could predict exactly when the end of the world was going to be.
    See, Dec. 21 is supposed to be the end of the 13th baktun, or a cycle of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar, equivalent to 144,000 days. For whatever reason (probably money), people started believing that, since it was the end of the 13th baktun, the world was ending.
    But that's not exactly true. Some researchers have said that the cycle just begins again. This new calendar, found in the Guatemalan rainforest, has much more in it than just 13 baktuns.
    So why are we so obsessed with the end of the world? Sure, some people want to "prepare" so they're ready when the end supposedly comes. But is that necessarily fun? Besides, I like surprises.
    But in essence, if I'm going around thinking there's not going to be a tomorrow, do you know how much I'm going to get done? Absolutely nothing. I'll go crazy thinking that there's not a tomorrow (granted, I'm probably crazy already, but that's besides the point).
    Instead, we're all lining up, rubber-necking at a crash that's not necessarily going to happen. Maybe I'm on the outside, but I'm not going to believe this "end of the world" stuff until it happens. I don't see any fun in preparing for the end of the world to come.
    I have a long life ahead of me, and I've got plenty of things I want to do in my life. I want to go to Europe and see the sights. I want to publish a few books. I want to experience working in the big city. There's no way I'm going to get all that done in, what? Five months? So there's not any reason why I should even try.
    Plus, I can't think of any real reason why you would want the end of the world to come, anyways. Unless it means getting “Jersey Shore” off of our televisions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Alix Kunkle is the News Editor of the Leesville (La.) Daily Leader. You may contact him at news@leesvilledailyleader.com.
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