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Post  0001 on 11/10/2009, 00:16

Check this out all, puts all the nonsense in perspective.

In the film The Day After Tomorrow, audiences were told that global warming could produce an instant ice age. Seriously! In 10,000 B.C., they were told that the pyramids were built by aliens using mammoths for the heavy lifting. Well, this same film director will tell us on the History Channel this month that life as we know it will end on December 21, 2012.

Now, to be fair to Roland Emmerich, he is simply trying to entertain people by literally projecting their anxieties onto the big screen.

If you Google "December 21, 2012," you will get nearly 7 million hits. Do a similar search at Amazon and you find more than 400 books on the subject. There is obviously a lot of interest and more than a little anxiety about that date and both will only grow as we get closer to what's already being called "12/21."

December 12, 2012, is the last day listed on what is known as the Maya "long count calendar." That calendar marks what the Maya—a now non-existent civilization—regarded as the end of the present cycle of creation.

What makes this fact rise above the level of a historical curiosity is, first of all, the Maya's astronomical prowess. They charted the movements of celestial bodies with an accuracy unmatched until the invention of the telescope and, in some instances, not until the 20th century.

This alone isn't enough to explain the unease about December 21, 2012, especially since, according to archaeologists, the Maya themselves never said anything about what would happen that day. Their real-world descendants find the hype annoying and are tired of getting letters from fourth-graders saying "they're too young to die."

This unwarranted and unwelcome attention to a long-extinct civilization is, like all apocalyptic thinking, a manifestation of cultural anxiety. Events like the 2004 tsunami and concerns about the economy, terrorism, and the environment remind us how vulnerable we really are.

Until relatively recently, we, like the psalmist, knew where are our help came from, and wouldn't fear even if the mountains fell into the sea.

Then that faith in the biblical God was replaced by a faith in human prowess and, eventually, faith in nothing.

Well, Western culture might have lost its faith, but folks have not lost their anxieties. So since we are no longer willing to embrace the ancient faith, many looked for solace or explanation in other ancient faiths, or at least new-age versions of these faiths.

So we're told that the ancient Maya, the Hopi Indians, and the Chinese text I Ching all predict that 2012 will be a time of "extraordinary shift."

But they don't. It's all hype.

What's going on here is the idea that we live in a random and unintelligible universe, and that's more terrifying than the cataclysms predicted for the year 2012. So we grasp at straws or over-interpret obscure texts, or we despair.

But there is a third alternative—real faith. Christians know that God is working out His purposes in history, and that faith removes all anxieties.

We all know it's a bunch of bologne, nothing will happen Dec. 21, 2012. But this just backs it up. Wink

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Post  Jedi Joe on 11/10/2009, 14:45

I highly doubt Roland Emmerich believes that garbage. He's always been known to "spoof" major conspiracy theories by putting them on the big screen. Wink
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 11/10/2009, 16:26

You know what will happen in 2012 the Zombie apacalypse then I get to fight zombies.

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Post  Sgt Angry Egg on 11/10/2009, 18:31

YES! I am soooo psyched for a zombie apocalypse! And since I live in Springfield, I won't have to break into very many houses to find a gun & ammunition.

What I find most interesting is why the Mayans put significance on that date. Nobody's ever been able to enlighten me there. Why didn't they do all their calculations just one more day into the future?
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 11/11/2009, 09:03

I must be ready to fight the 2012 zombie attack.

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Post  0001 on 11/11/2009, 11:50

@Egg: They didn't really put emphasis on the date, we did, it's all hype. The only significance is, that on that day, a calendar created eons ago by a long dead culture, comes to an end. Other then that, it'll be business as usual. People are stupid.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/12/2009, 23:38

Yea and the calender on my phone ends on 2059.

WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!!! Apocolipse.

It's kinda kool to read about, it does make
for a good movie, and it's pretty entertaining. I don't think that most people really think it
will happen... But, has anyone thought that it could be a second coming or something?
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Post  Jedi Joe on 11/13/2009, 07:09

Maybe, but I don't think the Mayans could've predicted that. It's all hype.
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Post  0001 on 11/16/2009, 18:10

Yeah, plus there's a buncha stuff that is supposed to happen when the end of the world does, and it hasn't. God said to not worry about when it will happen, and be more concerned about being better people. Wink

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/17/2009, 20:54

..... Hey! The worlds gonna end, but don't worry about it. Your only going to die.
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Post  0001 on 11/18/2009, 17:37

PoWn3d_0704 wrote:..... Hey! The worlds gonna end, but don't worry about it. Your only going to die.

Thats right! Razz

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/18/2009, 22:47

Please don't quote the person directly above you.

and, Thats stupid.
What is supposed to happen before the world ends?[right]
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Post  0001 on 11/20/2009, 11:59

Generally quoting is used when you are making a direct reply to a very specific statement. Rather then making a comment regarding the general topic itself. But yeah, there's a buncha stuff that will happen, but I'm not so sure what all there is.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/27/2009, 00:36

i'm just trying to say... you dnt need to quote the post above you.. i mean it gets tiring reading the same post twice. I'ma make a sticky/annoucment about it.
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 11/27/2009, 11:14

I never have quoted someone I just tend to say that I agree or disagree with the person.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/27/2009, 16:44

Right, and if you do quote the person directly above you, make sure it's just a small section of it...
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Post  0001 on 11/28/2009, 18:39

Ya, I suppose putting @ however you want to talk to is better. But quoting is easier. Razz

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/28/2009, 23:57

How so? Quoting someone is easier than pushig the @ key?
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Post  0001 on 11/29/2009, 11:24

Ya, cuz you have to type their username, and the person reading it has to guesstimate which one of the person's posts you are replying to. With quoting, they can SEE what you are replying to. Wink

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/29/2009, 20:34

No, because they had read everythig above. If people are that stupid...
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Post  Cpt. Crinkle on 11/29/2009, 21:21

Yes, but you just lay out the quote or name so one can see the view agreed or argued against.

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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 11/29/2009, 21:29

Whatever, discussion closed.
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Post  PoWn3d_0704 on 12/2/2009, 22:57

Okay... back on the real subject of 2012. Now, everyone who believes is 2012 thinks its some magical date, 12/21/2012

Think about this... It's 5270 in China (I think)
It's 1472 in Egypt...

So if you don't want to die on 12/21/2012.... Just switch your calendar to Egyptian time. Smile
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Post  0001 on 12/2/2009, 23:40

Precisely! Thank you for saving the world Powned. Razz

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Post  Sgt Angry Egg on 12/4/2009, 13:27

If you switched to the Egyptian calendar, you would have to switch back again in 540 years. It would be better to use the Chinese calendar.
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