Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The End of the World: Apocalypse Soon

2012 End-of-the-World Countdown  Starts Today

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We’re one year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date that the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar allegedly marked as the end of an era that would reset the date to zero and signal the end of humanity.
But will it?
There have been many end of times predictions over the years. Christian radio host Harold Camping faced widespread ridicule when his predictions that the world would end twice this year – on May 21, and then on Oct. 21 – failed to materialize.
But in the flurry of doomsday predictions – there have been similar dire warnings about the world coming to an end from various cultures, including Native Americans, the Chinese, Egyptians and even the Irish — the supposed Mayan prophecy seems to have held the most sway with believers.
This stuff makes the average Buddhist smile. We already know nothing lasts. We already know we don't have much control over much. Some folks  spend a lot of energy trying to figure out from ancient scriptures when the planet or the people will end.  They are looking for controls and maybe for meaning, and they won't find them there. A life richly lived is one that serves others by relieving suffering and by paying  close attention, here and now.