No cigar: the world is still there

POSTED: 12/21/12 2:12 PM

St. Maarten – If you are reading this article today, it means that the world is still here. Some interpretations of the ancient Maya calendar, which ends today, have led some people to believe the word will end together with this calendar.

21 December 2012, this date is set as the end date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. This long form calendar used by the ancient Mayan civilization was a carved stone found in Tortuguero in Mexico; it consists of a series of 13 cycles called bak’tun, each lasting 400 years. The end of the 13th bak’tun,, could herald an Armageddon today. The calendar contains a cryptic allusion to something really big that is going to happen today.

Today asked several people their opinion about it.

Peter and Marilyn from New York are not convinced.

“I think that absolutely nothing will happen, people are making themselves crazy over the idea the world will end and are spending all their money or sell their houses over nothing,” Marolyn says.

“You know what is going to happen?” Peter adds. “A lot of people will be out of money or homeless on the 22nd.

Jersey, a chef on the Boardwalk joked about the subject: “After December 21, December 22 will come. Nothing more and nothing less.”

Lucia, a waitress on Front Street is sceptic as well. “We don’t know what is going to happen, it comes when it comes and for me only one person knows that and to me that’s God. Personally I don’t believe in these things but if other people do then we have to respect that.”

“I remember the panic it brought with the Y2K, the transition to the millennium,” Dan from Pennsylvania said. “My neighbour bought 1,000 cans of soup and hid in his basement for New Year’s Eve; because his son told him that the world would end at 12 o’clock. The next morning when he came out and saw that absolutely nothing had happened, I wished him a Happy New Year and told him good luck with eating cans of soup for the next 2 years. I know what I’m going to do the 21st; I will be on a cruise back to Fort Lauderdale.”

Doubt is also a feeling a few people had. “I don’t know,” Vera from Holland said. “I don’t believe in it, but what if it does happen? Everybody is so sceptical about it and making jokes about it, a part of me still thinks it is scary but on the other side we all know it its bull. The media has also a good part in by covering the end of the world for the past days, so that will scare people off as well, I think. For me this circus is a good cause to get together with my friends tonight and drink all one to it before it is too late.”

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