To hear some tell it, the world was coming to an end on Dec. 21. That now appears to have been a clever advertising trick to get people to part with their money just before the expected end. But just like Y2K, it came and went without the slightest detectable disruption to anything on the face of the earth. Good news for merchants who encouraged folks to spend beyond their means with the expectation that it would never have to be paid back.
If you check into it, the Mayans didn’t say it was the end of the world, they said it was the end of the age. Any of us who have been around since the 1970s are familiar with the song called The age of Aquarius sung by the group The Mamas and The Papas. In that song, they sang that it was the “dawning of the age of Aquarius.” An “age” being some astronomically huge number of years that somehow lines up with astrological signs, supposedly ushering in a new age of peace and prosperity . Whether any of them are accurate or not is anyone’s guess; none of us has been here that long and recorded history falls short of that time also.
From what I have been able to learn, there are ages—depending on what you believe—that do come and go, based on the orbits of the planets around the sun. The orbits are independent of each other, and they change over periods—long periods—and at times do exert larger than normal gravitational pull on the earth.
What is fascinating to me is that there are basically three groups each with a different agenda as it comes to end of time prophesies. There are those who love to cause widespread panic, those who like to take economic advantage of the situation and those who expect to wake up the day following and find little change.
Those in the panic mode like to spread the theory as much as possible and cause that panic. Interesting is that they often quote the Bible or use the Bible as a resource for their theory. Had they read a bit further, the operative verses are that “no one knows the date and time, only the Father.” So when they proclaim that the end is coming at a certain time, give them wide berth.
One local car dealer advertised that those who bought cars before the impending date would not have to pay for it. Following that logic, you might not have to pay for it, neither would you have use of it if the world were to end. I fear most of those who rushed out to purchase a car at that time woke up with a hangover on Dec. 22.
The last group also woke up on Dec. 22, but had no delusions about what was happening. They went to work as usual, ate breakfast and continued on as if nothing happened, because nothing did happen.
What I hoped happened to all of you is that you woke up with a good attitude, with a focus on the future and a feeling that things will get better—no matter how long that takes.