I have scheduled this blog entry to post on Dec. 21, 2012 -- hopefully, you will be able to read it.
Alas, jokes about the end of the world according to the interpreted Mayan calendar have had somewhat of a pall cast over them since last Friday's mass murder in Connecticut. In fact, jokes about not being here tomorrow simply aren't that funny anymore.
Still, writers are reporting and blogging about it; yet, most articles I have come across are reporting on the scientists and academics who are debunking the myth of Friday's alleged apocalyptic event.
The Guardian writer Ian Sample spoke with one academic who tried to clear up the confusion:
John Carlson, director of the Centre for Archaeoastronomy at the University of Maryland, is one of only a dozen or so active researchers on the Mayan calendrical system. "I often get asked what's going to happen on the day. I say lots of things are going to happen. Some people will be born. Some people will die. A car headlight will burn out. There will be earthquakes, like there are every day. And none of this will have anything to do with the ancient Mayan calendar," he says. Lest there be any doubt, he speaks the next lines loudly and slowly: "There are no ancient Maya prophecies for anything to happen on this date. There. Are. None."
While Sample's interview with Carlson really does seem to take the fun out of the predicted apocalypse, its tone reflects, I think, the huge shift in the general attitude towards the myth since the events in Newtown. When twenty 6 and 7 year olds die by the hands of one, it really does feel like the world is falling apart, despite vows to move on and make something positive and generative come out of such devastation. And, much like when 9-11, or Columbine, or the Aurora shooting, or other terrible criminal and terroristic acts occur, when so many innocent and unassuming lives are lost, we question why we are here, and we think a little more concretely about how we can take even one day for granted on this earth.
So, if you are reading this now, I am glad, because it means we have lived another day, and may be granted the mercy to see another sunrise tomorrow. Enjoy this weekend with your loved ones, and happy holidays. Until next time, Liza