Believe it or not, some people think that the end of the world will happen on December 21st, 2012. Where does this belief come from? Well, its origin is the ancient Mayan calendar, which regards the 21st of December as the end date of a 5,125-year-long-cycle. That’s a fact. But what does it really mean? And what will really happen on that date? Well, that has been the subject of many different interpretations.
Some people believe that the Mayans were predicting an apocalypse, that is, a violent destruction of life on Earth. Some say this could be caused by a black hole, a large solar storm, a collision with another planet, a reversal of the earth’s magnetic field, or even an alien invasion. Whatever it is, an apocalypse doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?
Others, however, believe that the Mayans were not predicting an end-of-the-world, doomsday event, but rather something much more positive, such as a large spiritual awakening. In this scenario, the 21st of December would mark a big shift in global consciousness, away from egotism and materialism toward greater awareness of the interdependence of life. So the end-of-the-world would mean the end of selfishness and the beginning of greater compassion. That sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?
Well, if you are like us, you probably think that the only thing special that is going to happen on the 21st is the winter solstice. But what ever happens, I think it’s important to remember that every end is simply a new beginning. And that’s the cycle of life and death of which we are a part.
While we won’t see the end of the world, the winter solstice is a special time. Take a moment and consider our relationship to the stars as you watch this video.