"The tragedy of life is not that every man loses; but that he almost wins."
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
as opposed to the new-age fanatics with the mayan one?
that makes no logic
Time and tide wait for no man.
"Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome
After 2012 it won't matter if we follow the Mayan one as it ends in 2012. BUT if we go by the Discordian calendar and look at the precepts of Discordianism which says all things are related to 5 (and 5 is the magic number equaling the chaotic beginning and end of everything) we see that the Mayan 2012 can be Cabalistically extrapolated to read: 2 + 0 + 1 + 2 = 5 so both the Mayan and the Discordian calendar are in agreement on the ending... but if it doesn't end in 2012 it will prove Discordianism even more by simply just being a new beginning... lol!as opposed to the new-age fanatics with the mayan one?
It sounds awfully inconvenient to use those calenders, because they all end at 2012. You'd have to find something else to use in 2013.
Hey, then we can't loseoesn't end in 2012 it will prove Discordianism even more by simply just being a new beginning... lol!
that makes no logic
Actually the Maya calender just starts over at the 1st baktun in 2012. Maya belief systems are based in cycles and the end of the 13th baktun merely signals the beginning of a new cycle. Or at least that is how the Mayaists I know explain it.
"We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should." - Kurt Vonnegut
That's the problem with any predicted universal expiration date - the Mayans certainly weren't the first who foresaw an end. The Teutons had their Twilight of the Gods, modern evangelical Christians have been predicting the end times since the 1800s in Scotland. And it's become something of a cottage industry here in the US, I forget the exact sales figures I'd heard for the Left Behind series but larger than anything I'd ever imagine. However, the closer those days come (and as they pass) more and more ingenuity has to be used to make the prediction fit the universe, such as 2012 = 5 an end or just a new beginning.Or at least that is how the Mayaists I know explain it.
If you can find it, the out of print non-fiction book The Ragged Edge of Science by sci-fi author L. Sprauge deCamp has a fantastic collection of essays, including "So You Want to Be A Prophet..." which illustrates many of the finer points of prediction protection people use in deeper detail. I've recently loaned the book to my cousin who wants to become a professional psychic (seriously).
If there's a group saying the Maya calendars will simply "reset" that's a new one on me I haven't heard that before. But I've not read any of the modern 2012 books I've been seeing at the bookshops. I only know the older absolutist predictions taken from it. But if you think about it, the new idea is taking on the long held Discordian Interpretation of 2012 (titled after the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Physics) whether they intended to or not!
"Can't Lose" is absolutely right Finchy!
I don't care,
I got my Five."
-To be said after you reduce, add or somehow algebraically arrive at 5. lol!
On the topic of astronomy, the full moon on December 12 will be the closest full moon to the earth in a long long long long time.
Insanity is a sane response to an insane world.