The end is near! The end is near! Well, not really. Or at least not according to the Mayan calendar. But I've read stories about panicked people all over the world who are buying up candles and kerosene in quantity and that even astrophysicists and clergy are buying up emergency survival shelters. Meanwhile, in Mexico, last minute money is being made with mock-ups and mementos of the first 5,125 years of Mayan culture.
And then there's that thing about how the magnetic poles will reverse and screw up everyone's lives. Well, I'm not going to worry about this one. Back when I used magnets to hold up my kids' artwork on the refrigerator it might have mattered to me, but now that I have a stainless steel fridge and my kids don't draw me pictures anymore, even if it does happen, I don't see how magnetism is going to affect my life at all.
This "shift" thing is another big prediction. There are a gazillion books about it, including "The Night of the Last Katun" by Ac Tah, who explains how by using technology developed by his ancient Mayan ancestors, we can activate our DNA and rise to a more awakened state of being. Now that I might like to try. And if it worked, it would be cheaper than buying coffee.
Whether anything phenomenal happens or not, celebrations are going on all over the planet, including the local Evolve Atlanta: Birth 2012 and Beyond, a "birth day" for a peaceful new era. This once-in-five-thousand-years turning point will take place as a 33-hour global wave of events linking over 40 locations from Australia to California via live Web cast. Atlanta will be in the limelight from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. (Info: email@example.com )
But not everyone is being so dramatic. Fran Stewart, a Lawrenceville writer, said of the occasion, "Every year, sometime early in December, I sit down with my beautiful picture calendar for the upcoming year, and enter all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates. Then I put gold stars on the birth dates of all my grandchildren. This year, I've decided to wait to do my calendar thing until Saturday. Why? Because, if I wake up dead, I won't have wasted all that effort, and if I wake up alive, it will be a lovely way to spend an hour or two, celebrating life and thinking about the shift in consciousness that may (or may not) be on the way."
As for me, I'm assuming life will go on and historians will continue to research and record it. Five thousand years from now, when this shift happens again, they'll be pulling up Lexus-Nexus and other search engines to see who wrote what about the 2012 event ending the first 5,125 years of Mayan history. And my name will come up right along with Ac Tah and all the other world authorities who wrote about it.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.