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The Mysterious 2012 Phenomenon: Are We Running Out Of Time?

Mayan Calendar. Flickr.com, admiretime

I don’t know about you, but I think all of this talk about doom and gloom on December 21st, 2012 is a load of hooey. Moreover, it really bothers me to think that I may have only six months left with my son Jack. Doomsday prophecies come and go (hey, remember Harold Camping?), but we seem to be fixated on this one much in the same way we were with the millennium and Y2K. Why?

The first rumblings around the Mayan Calendar reared their snake plumed head in the 1966 when anthropologist and author Michael D. Coe wrote that the calendar “suggested armageddon” in 2012.

December 2012 marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun—a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. A Long Count is linear rather than cyclical, and kept time roughly in units of 20.

But why December 21st, 2012? This date is regarded as the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle.

Some believe this will be the day time runs out, while others claim that December 21st, 2012 will mark a spiritual “re-birth” for mankind as we transcend on to some higher plain of existence and understanding. I truly believe that this date will mean absolutely nothing. This is simply the end of one Long Count time period, and the beginning of another. Human beings always fixate on endings because we fear the unknown, but just because the lights turn off doesn’t mean they won’t come back on again.

In the mean time, why not have some fun and live like there’s no tomorrow? Enter to win the Last Summer Showcase and you could win one of five $1,000 prize packs. You win you choose.

Take that armageddon.

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