So it's December 21st 2012, and the world still hasn't ended so far. I'm crossing my fingers, but I'm pretty certain it'll be here tomorrow. I've spent most of my life hearing conspiracy and new agey types talking about 2012. I've watched as the idea slowly permeated the mainstream. Right now, it's such a common theme, Jello is using it in their commercials.
That's right, Jello commercials.
Honestly though? I've gotten so sick of it my brain hurts. I am so tired of seeing "Mayan Calendars" in editorial cartoons. I'm tired of hearing people say "if the Mayans were so good at predicting things, why did they die out?" I'm tired of hearing about Niburu colliding with the Earth.
Oh god, my ears feel like they're going to start bleeding just thinking about this stuff.
So let's clear a few things up, shall we? That "Mayan Calendar" image which shows up all the time? Without fail, what's shown is almost always an image of an Aztec altar. That's right, it's not even a calendar, let alone Mayan. I don't know if that's racism or just a lack of research, but either way - it's idiotic.
Secondly, the Mayan people? They're neither dead nor did they say the world was ending. The civilization fell, but the people and culture still survived. There are literally villages full of Mayans going about their daily lives as I write this. If you felt so inclined, you could actually go ask a real Mayan if the world is going to end.
Expect him or her to laugh at you.
Lastly, I don't know much about "Niburu" except one important thing: it isn't even remotely a Mayan idea. It's Sumerian. It's from a different continent, different time period and very different civilization. The Sumerians really did die out, so I'm kind of curious how the heck they have any say in this whatsoever.
But heck, today is Yule, and I think the greatest present of all is that I'll get to stop hearing about 2012 theories after today... well, except for all the idiotic "the Mayans were wrong!" stuff which should permeate this weekend.
Well I like that the Ghostbusters have announced on Facebook they are pulling extra work hours to help save the world from the Mayan God Yum Cimil. I guess he was the God of Death and also the God of the Mayan Underworld.