In the “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy did not know how good she had it. Her biggest concern was ‘lions and tigers and bears.’ Oh, my! But, Dorothy’s dilemma was small potatoes compared to what apocalypticists say is coming.
Dec. 21st, normally the first day of winter, apocalypticists are preparing for the end of the world according to their interpretation of the Mayan Calendar.
What do they imagine---or believe---is set to take place on Friday? You don’t want to know. But just in case, they think the world ends on Friday; the end of time! That’s all, folks.
They are looking for signs, some of which are real doozies, including polar shifts, cataclysmic solar flares, massive earthquakes and the coup de grace; the planet Nibiru.
Never mind that NASA has never charted such a planet. These negative leaning soothsayers are waiting for Nibiru, anyway, to collide with or, at the very least, do an apocalyptic drive-by. Either way, it’s not a good thing.
But, before cashing in life savings or selling family heirlooms, Mayan history expert Ed Barnhart says, ‘hold on.’
“The Mayans didn’t actually predict anything,” on the 21st, says the good-natured Austin, Texas, Mayan expert. So, what happens come Friday? “The mechanics of the calendar will simply reset.” That’s it.
Metro State University of Denver professor David Piacenti says of the doomsday prediction, “Things got out of hand.” Influencing the prediction were “movies, books, songs.” Bottom line: there was money to be made.
This latest prediction is just the latest in a history of such a practice of errant calls.
Last year, a California preacher predicted the end on May 21st. He later amended his guess for five months later. Both were wrong. For now, Harold Camping says he’s out of the eschatology---end of times---business.
Perhaps the closest to accurate of any of these predictions has occurred near San Diego in 1997. A group of UFO cultists consumed fatal doses of poison in preparation for an intergalactic trip thought to coincide with the Hale-Bopp comet. The comet appeared. The cult disappeared. For the rest of the world, nothing changed.