Demons x wrote:I believe that the reason the Mayans didn't finish there calender was because of the spanish that enslaved them came before there was a chance of adding more so it is unsure that we will end.
Even though its existence, carbon-dating, contemporary accounts and all, can be easily verified to be well pre-Columbus, and can be verified to have fallen out of use by the time of Columbus? It's also the longform calendar that most people reference as "ending" on 21 December 2012, and there were other, shorter perpetual calendars that had 52-year cycles, which were still in use by the time of Columbus. And not to mention the rarely-used higher-order counts of even further longcount dating, as determined by Mayan specialists....
I'm not a Mayan or Mesoamerican specialist in any sense, but I've gathered enough to realise that the Mesoamerican long-count calendar is a *very* misunderstood system, and even the notion that it "mysteriously ends at" or "only goes as far as 2012 on the Gregorian calendar" is one of the most basic, yet persistent misunderstandings.
I figure the reason this misunderstanding is so wilful after all these years is because it's so "close to us", in time, and for some reason I don't think I'll ever understand, a lot of people have really wanted the world to end for centuries --nothing against individual Christians, who can use their religion for their betterment, but I honestly believe that this apocalypse-lust is born of post-Nicean Christianity, when pre-Nicean Christianity and Gnostics hardly ever took note of apocalypse prophecies, and pre-Christian religions, especially traditional polytheist systems from the Greco-Roman to Shinto, tend to practise a belief in the cycles of Earth and time, and while this age, too, shall end, another one will replace it right after, and preoccupation with the end of an age was generally shunned.
There definitely seem, though, to be something about Christianity that apparently encourages this perverse apoco-lust, and even people who can be argued that their only exposure to Christianity growing up was from the Christian-dominated society outside the home, which may have been fairly liberal or extremely conservative, will still occasionally become obsessed not with the end of an age in human development, but the outright end of the world
, which just doesn't seem at all healthy, to me.
I also don't see why there needs to be some eminent apocalypse to give people an excuse to live life to its fullest, since they should be doing that, anyway. It reminds me of an old Bill Cosby bit:
"I've never seen such a turn-around in my life. ... My children think my mother is the most wonderful person on the face of this earth, and I try to tell them: This is not the same woman I grew up with, this is an old person who is trying to get into heaven now."
Sure, it's comedy so it's exaggerated and not to be taken as factual, but the sentiment is clear that when looked at a certain way, this sort of reaction to feeling one is at the end of their mortal coil can seem hollow and insincere.