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Well, We’re Still Here …

Well, We’re Still Here …

Here we are … December 21, 2012 – the day that marks the end of the 13th cycle of the Mayan Long Count Calendar and, some say, the world.

Surpise! We’re still here. Not to say “We told you so,” but …

Of course, it’s likely no real surprise to most of you that we’re all still here. Scientists have been refuting these doomsday rumors for as long as they’ve been around, which is really only since the 1980s. Even so, an estimated 10% of the population still believed that today would be the end. For the last week or so, NASA has been fielding 200-300 calls per day from people concerned about a planetary apocalypse, more than tripling the agency’s normal call volume.

Theories on what, exactly, would do us in were as wide ranging as they were bizarre. Would the Earth’s magnetic poles switch? Would the Sun explode? Would a rogue planet enter our orbit and collide with us? While such speculations shouldn’t be taken too seriously, they can be great fodder for blockbuster films.

Unfortunately, some schools in Michigan haven’t gotten the message. They’ve cancelled school for the day in response to the doomsday predictions.

Those of us who never really believed today would mark the end of the world find all of this oh-so-funny, but perhaps the true believers among us have an advantage over the cynics. One common theme among survivors of near-death experiences is the sense that the rest of their lives is a precious gift. Of course, that’s always true for all of us, if we only have the eyes to see it.

So, in the words of America’s great ecstatic poet, Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

5 comments

1 dianalynn78 { 12.27.12 at 8:39 am }

You’re the farmer’s almanac, I should hope that you… should have some pride…

2 Laurell Eden { 12.22.12 at 3:03 am }

Hi Jaime. I loved your article and the title. I thought you would appreciate this funny dance music video called, “We’re All Still Here” — it’s about how we all survived Dec. 21st! I don’t mind if you take the link down. I just want you to see it and I didn’t see an email for you here. I hope you love it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0PYDECE7x4

3 Ellen { 12.21.12 at 10:19 am }

Schools are closed today in Virginia too but not that for that reason… Its just because its a teacher workday and my kids have the day off… I never believed in this. Remember 2000? The book of Revelations clearly states false alarms will come to pass. There have been these kind of predictions since the ancient times. So happy first day of winter!

4 Christi Kotus { 12.21.12 at 9:09 am }

Hey…. I am a Michiganer. The schools in my local area are closed due to a person treating to “copy cat” the latest school shooting. Not because we think the end was coming.

5 Tom DuJardin { 12.21.12 at 8:39 am }

The world has ended, you’re just in denial…

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