As the much publicized and debated December 21, 2012 date arrives, both scientists and Mayan descendants caution against worries of a giant catastrophe happening in a few days.
“NASA scientists took time on Wednesday (Nov. 28) to soothe 2012 doomsday fears, warning against the dark side of Mayan apocalypse rumors — frightened children and suicidal teens who truly fear the world may come to an end Dec. 21.” This article in space.com explains these predictions have come both from a belief in a catastrophic alignment point in the Mayan calendar as well as that a rogue planet X named “Nibiru” may be approaching the earth. (Stephanie Pappas, “2012 Mayan Apocalypse Rumors Have Dark Side, NASA Warns,” November 28, 2012). See also this link on the planet Nibiru from an astronomer (David Morrison, “The Myth of Nibiru and the End of the World in 2012,” CSI: Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, September/Octorber 2008) and this link claiming that it is a true phenomenon.
To see an “over the top” summary of some of the predicted events, see the movie “2012” that came out in 2009—certainly able to scare tots, teens and adults to death if even a fraction of it were true.
Coming from the modern descendants of the Mayan peoples in central America, there are strong words against what they see as a misinterpretation of their calendar. “‘We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,’ charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.” (“Maya demand an end to doomsday myth,” Phys.org web site, October 24, 2012.)
My article from a year ago entitled “Why December 21, 2012 is Not the End of the World” that discusses alignments, calendar algorithm theories and modern revelation might be interesting to reread. “With the popularity of the 2012 date, hopefully we will all become better informed on the issues regarding the supposed end of world prediction and, as the prophets have urged us, not to panic. We should rather quietly and consistently continue to prepare for the great and marvelous last days events still ahead in coming years and decades.“